Do you ever find your self succumbing to fear?
I have, more times than I really want to count. And it’s in those times when I can do nothing less than what God expects me to do… remember who I am and whose I am. But I don’t always do that and my confidence falls back on me and not on the One who created and saved me. Those are the times that are the most frustrating for me because they are clear reminders to me that I am just like the disciples in the boat, thinking that He is asleep in the midst of my storm.
Matt 8:26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
My guess is that we’ve all been there at our wits end and have forgotten the confidence that we have in Him and the many times that He has proven Himself in the past. That’s when, in the moment of crisis, the moment of fear, we forget who He is…Missed It Again!
27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
The challenge for us in those times is to stand firm in Him, in His Word, and in His Spirit and go to the breaking point in our confidence in Him. For it’s in that moment when we remain absolutely confident in Him, no matter what lies ahead, that we produce the greatest joy in His heart.
So why does He lead us into those storms? Well, for me, they are the reminders I need that immediately tell me just who I am relying on, who I am trusting. It’s then that the Spirit reminds me of a series of books that He asked me to write… Wake Up and Rest…. and I hear that still small voice reminding me that… Rest in Me means oneness with Me, and only living in oneness with Me and walking in My love will overcome fear. Who do you trust? Who do you put your confidence in?