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Why fear when Jesus is in your boat?

"Now when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But he was asleep. Then his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' But he said to them, 'Why are you so fearful, O you of little faith?' Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, 'Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey him?'" — Matthew 8:23-27.
Let’s try to picture this scenario in our minds. You’re in a boat, and you encounter a terrible storm while out at sea. The waves are crashing over the boat, and it is starting to fill up with water. What happens when a boat fills up with water? It sinks.
The disciples see the storm, are overcome by fear by the rapidly filling boat and go wake Jesus up. How did he respond when they woke him up?
Did he say, “Oh no, what are we going to do? We’re going to die!” No, rather the opposite. He actually got on their case for getting into fear. Wasn’t that a bit harsh on his part? How else were they to react when the boat was filling up with water?
I remember a piece of advice my former boss told me, and I believe it is relevant to this situation. He told me to learn to respond, not react. What he meant by that was instead of just reacting to a situation, I needed to take a second, gather myself and my thoughts, and then respond appropriately.
I think that is exactly what Jesus was looking for from the disciples. Instead of just reacting in fear to what they saw in the natural realm, he wanted them to respond in faith to what they knew to be true.
What was true? Jesus was in the boat with them. He wanted them to trust him. Was he really going to let them sink? If they sank, he would sink too.
Here is a huge lesson we can learn from this story: Why fear when Jesus is in your boat? If we have received Jesus as our Savior, we have it even better than the disciples did. While they had him with them in the boat, we can have him actually living inside our boat (bodies). Because when we receive him as our Savior, he lives in our spirit. That means we have victory living in us at all times.
So when a situation arises, instead of reacting in fear, let’s take a moment and respond in faith. Remind yourself, “Jesus is in my boat. I will not fear. I have his authority living inside me. I have his word and all the promises that are in it. He has not given me a spirit of fear but of love and power and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Then ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to respond to the situation. Sometimes you will need to speak to the storm, just like Jesus did.
Remember, the works that he did, we shall do also, and even greater works than these will we do (John 14:12). If he spoke to storms, we should too.
So if sickness tries to attack you, use the authority you have through Jesus and speak directly to that sickness. Stand in faith, not fear, because it has no right to attack or have victory over a child of God.
Other times, like during persecution perhaps, you just hang on and trust God’s word that says it is God who justifies (Romans 8:33). No matter the case, take a moment to respond in faith instead of reacting in fear.
Fear gets us out of faith, and we need to recognize how dangerous it really is. It cuts off the flow of God’s power because his power flows through faith. Fear puts the pressure back on us to handle the situation instead of trusting in God and what his word says about our situation.
Knowing who we are in Christ and understanding what having him in our boat really means can lead us to a place of faith and rest that will make others shake their head in awe, wondering how it is so.
Just like the disciples were in awe of Jesus, who was not reacting in fear, but instead at rest and simply speaking to the storm, so should we instead of getting into worry. What a beautiful picture we can all learn from him of being at rest while in the middle of the storm.
That is what God wants for you too. He wants you to be at rest in the storm, not in fear, knowing no matter what the storm may bring pales in comparison to having Jesus in your boat with you. Trust in him to lead you out of it victorious.
Amber can be reached at amberdeemiller32@gmail.com">amberdeemiller32@gmail.com or through her AmberRiceMiller Facebook page.

Published: November 27, 2017
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