Do you know that the Bible contains the phrase “do not be afraid” 365 times? It would feel as if God put that phrase in that many times so that we would have a phrase a day for a whole year (365 days) to teach us to be fearless. This passage contains this phrase “do not be afraid” in verse 20. The exact moment when the disciples were in a raging storm in a small boat in the middle of the Galilee Sea. The exact moment when beyond belief Jesus walks towards them seemingly walking on top of the sea effortlessly. What an incredible amplified illustration of Jesus’ incredible peace and calm upon humanity’s fret, anguish and fear. So many times, I have been fearful of not knowing how a problem will be resolved in my situation. I have heard the audible word of God saying to me “I know”. He doesn’t tell me the answers, but he tells me to not be afraid because He knows. I have often found great comfort in having a Father who understands and sees my own personal situation and cares so deeply for me.
Dear Jesus, thank you for time after time reminding us through your word to “not be afraid” because ultimately you know that being fearless is a challenge for most of us. Thank you for providing the miracle of you walking on water, defining the laws of science and teaching us that you are not of this world, you are in control of it.
Written by Susannah Ware