Faith against fear – April 21st, 2018

He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”.
Mark 4, 40

The situation was critical. Indeed, it was life-threatening: The waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. The disciples were experienced sailors. They knew the danger and were in fear of losing their lives. But Jesus kept sleeping. HE had had a tough day and rested. The disciples woke Him and shouted: “Don’t you care if we drown??”. Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and the waves, and it was calm instantly. He asked them: “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith??”. They were terrified because even the wind and the waves obeyed Him.
We are dealing with fear in concrete situations. There is also a fear which is ever-present and not rational, but determining life. But this is not what Jesus is talking about here. He refers to a concrete threat to our live. He had accompanied the disciples for a long time and had done so many miracles! But they are terrified. Where is the cure for fear??
The cure for worries and fear is faith. But we cannot create faith ourselves. It is put into our heart by the Holy Ghost, if our heart is accessible. Our trust, confidence, and faith grow if we look at Jesus. We feel HIS love and affection, if we regard HIM. Such as flowers reach out for the sun and grow in the sun, so it is with our faith.
A baby has neither problems, nor fear, nor worries, if they lie in their mother’s arms. They know she has got the milk when they are hungry. She diapers them whenever necessary. She has warmth and protection. Like a little child we shall be in Jesus` hand.
There is no room for fear and worries in our relationship with Him. This love conquers and expels all evil. We can put our trust in HIM in every situation. Where there is light, there can be no darkness!
When we know Him, we can trust Him. Thus, we shall get to know Him better through reading the bible, through observing nature, by praying, through silence, and we will see HIM everywhere in our daily lives. HE is so good to us!

Thank you Jesus. I can trust You! You gave your live for me; – why should you ever withheld anything of importance? Thank You, You care for me, and my heart comes to rest in Your presence. 

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