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10/03/20 Weekend Grif.Net – Why Are You Fearful?

10/03/20 Weekend Grif.Net – Why Are You Fearful?

In Matthew =
8:26 we see Jesus, awakened by His disciples as He slept in the midst of =
a violent storm on Galilee.  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.

 

Preached many =
times on this scene of Jesus rebuking wind and waves, and how He can =
calm our stormy seas. But focus on the question Jesus asked: =
Why are you =
fearful, O you of little =
faith?”
 

 

Jesus rebuked =
their fear and unbelief, not for waking Him up or for asking for help. =
We shouldn’t think that Jesus was in a bad mood from being =
awakened. He was troubled at their fear, because fear and unbelief go =
together.

 

In fact, Jesus =
dealt with His disciples before He dealt =
with the storm! Relatively speaking, the storm was easy to deal with. =
Attention needed to be given to the disciples =
first.

 

Jesus rebuked =
their fear because they actually had many reasons to have faith, even =
reasons for great faith.

– They =
had just seen Jesus do significant miracles, showing great power and authority.
– =
They had seen an example of great faith =
with the centurion
who trusted Jesus to heal his =
servant.
– They had Jesus with them in the boat and they saw =
Jesus sleeping; His peace =
should have given them peace
.

 

Maybe you have =
some genuine reasons to be afraid. For the disciples, the storm and the =
threat from it were real. But here’s the truth: whatever your =
reasons for fear, God has =
given you even greater reasons for =
faith
.

 

~~

Dr Bob Griffin =

bob@grif.net =
www.grif.net

"Jesus =
Knows Me, This I Love!"