“What are your greatest fears?”
Whether asked on a survey or by a friend, my easy answer is fear of failure. Even from my earliest memories the inner ache to achieve and be applauded wells up strong. It’s an everyday struggle that the Holy Spirit is at work in.
Yet there are always the deeper, more sinister fears – the ones that pop up when I allow them.
Tsunamis. Earthquakes. Shootings. Halloween, and all things demonic. All tied to death.
In thinking about what’s been happening in the world recently, my mind goes to the thought of my final moments on earth. Of the lives of my family. Of what comes in eternity.
For a second there is a moment of mystery and doubt, of dread and despair.
Then there’s Jesus. And I remember, perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
The Love that Frees
Every single one of my sins, every failure, every evil, was placed upon Him at the cross. My burdens—so heavy, so determined to bring doom at death when I faced God—were lifted off, washed away, made void because of Christ’s grace.
Death is no longer my greatest fear, because Christ conquered it and turned it into the gateway to blessed, everlasting life.
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In knowing Christ’s power at the empty tomb, fear no longer has a grip on us, and that’s why we can impart hope into the desperate culture around us.
To realize this point further, come visit the passage of Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14:22-33.
A Stormy Night
Imagine yourself in a small rowboat with the disciples, during a pitch-black morning on the sea of Galilee. The wind is howling, the waters roaring back and forth, leaving the vessel stranded in white-caps.
Every person is fighting to keep the boat afloat to reach shore, when a mysterious form appears on the horizon. In an already tumultuous evening, greater fear than you thought possible strikes your chest.
Who could this be? Is this a ghost? And without Jesus with us?
But it was Jesus.
“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.'” Matthew 14:27
In the midst of the darkness, in the midst of total panic and disarray, the disciples see their Savior do the impossible – walk on water, unperturbed by the chaos around Him.
Jesus goes on to welcome Peter out onto the water, and to catch him when he falters in faith.
He calms the waters.
And after have witnessing hundreds of miracles by His hands, even seeing Him feed 5 thousand just hours earlier, it is at this point that the disciples worship Him as the Son of God.
Fear turned into faith.
An Ever-Present Refuge
Is your life being beaten by the wind? Are you caught in a place of fear – whether it be of people, evil, or death itself?
There is a Savior who can reach you in the greatest tempest and calm your heart.
He knows exactly where you are, and nothing can block His way. His grace is sufficient to pull you out of the turbulent waters – keeping your soul safe through His eternal forgiveness at the cross.
The beauty of this story lies in the disciples’ response – seeing Jesus for who He is and worshiping.
God knows you will fail.
He knows every earthquake and calamity.
He knows the depth of wickedness in this depraved world.
But He can overcome them all.
So when fear grips your heart, we must say “Lord, save me!” like Peter.
Jesus reaches out His hand, and by the power of His Scriptures, the love of His church, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and the eternity security of heaven. . .our feet will be on firm ground.
In kind rebuke, His grace helps us move past the little doubt. His invincible love casts the fear out. Go to Him, my friend!
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For more on that amazing passage in Matthew 14, see this sermon by the solid Christian pastor John MacArthur.