Fear or Faith

Devotion Text

Mark 4:40

He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

The winds were so strong and the waves so furious that the seasoned fishermen were sure the boat was going down. And as the water pounded the boat, Jesus slept. The disciples were not humored. Finally, they woke him up and asked, “Don’t you care if we drown?”

“Jesus, don’t you care?” That’s often our “storm” question as well.  “Don’t you care that I just lost my job?” “Don’t you care that my marriage is on the rocks?” “Don’t you care that I’m single?” “Don’t you care that I’m sick?” “Why did they have to die so young? Don’t you care?” But Jesus cuts to the chase and answers our questions with a question, “Why are you so afraid? Don’t you trust me?” Jesus knows that a heart absent of faith is full of fear.

In the midst of every storm, we have two options. We can fill our hearts with fear, convincing ourselves that Jesus doesn’t care. Or we can trust him—to calm the storm or calm us. I know it’s easier said than done but those are our choices—fear or faith. It’s an easy answer; it’s a hard application. Let’s pray for his help.

 Talking to God

Lord Jesus, storms are frightening. Like the disciples, I panic and question your care. I am weak and in constant need of your help. It’s easy to talk about faith but live with fear. So, please speak calmness to my heart just like you did to the wind and the waves. Lord, I know my children are watching. They note how I handle storms. Help me pass on the faith and trust that comes from you. Thank you for the promise that you will always be with me. In your name I pray. Amen. 



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One comment on “Fear or Faith

Cindy Hoffman

Thank you for your explanation of church development. I grew up in a Russian Orthodox church but never heard an explanation of it’s history. We were also under the leadership of the leaders in Constantinople. I’ll be sharing that explanation with my mom!


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