TUESDAY 21ST AUGUST, 2018
THEME: FAITH OVER FEAR
TEXT: MATTHEW 8:23-27; MARK 4:35-41; LUKE 8:22-25
MEMORY VERSE: MATTHEW 8:26 “He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid? ‘Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”
While taking a trip in an aeroplane recently, the storm was so bad that it was virtually tossing the aircraft around like a piece of paper in the air! The pilot asked the passengers to fasten their seatbelts. The cockpit crew did all they could do to keep the aircraft stable in the storm. Fear was palpable all around. The passengers were literally screaming and praying. The situation was like that of Jonah in the boat (Jonah 1: 4-8) or like the disciples’ in the storm on the Sea of Galilee in the text. Interestingly Jonah and Jesus were asleep in the boat in both cases.
When we are confronted by very terrible circumstances, doubt elicits fear-the opposite of faith-in our mind. Faith comes from love. Total faith or dependence comes from a relationship nurtured by love. So the Bible says that perfect love casts out all fears (1Jn 4:18).
Whatever the storm that may arise to cast doubt over us, the Bible reassures us in Mk. 11:22 & 23 that such a storm must surely give way. Like a small child that depends on his father for his safety, Christian believers are to rely on Jesus and His promises which He had made to us that He will never forsake us. Heb. 10:23 tells us to “hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering for He (Jesus) is faithful that promised.” Our faith is in God. (Ps 91:1-16)
HYMN: EMHB 634 – WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD IN THE STORM OF LIFE
PRAYER: Dear Father, the helper of the helpless, when the clouds of fear gather around me let your smiling face disperse them all and pilot me to safety in Jesus’ name.