Following Jesus: Fear or Faith - It's Your Choice

, by Christopher D. Hudson

“He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’ ”
Mark 4:40

For some, the great fear in life is an unknown future or being alone. For others, it’s being destitute or losing someone or something precious. Whatever the specifics, fear is a universal problem.

Crossing the Sea of Galilee one day with Jesus, the disciples—at least four of whom were experienced fishermen—encountered an especially violent storm. They weren’t merely worried—they were terrified. Jesus stilled the storm and then, by his questions, seemed to suggest that we will either live by fear or live by faith.

Will we cower through life thinking we’re on our own? Or will we move confidently through the world, trusting that the Master of the storms is with us and for us? It’s your choice today: either live scared or live secure in Christ’s love and care.

Reflection Question

What situations in your life tempt you to give in to fear?

Lord, when I succumb to worries and fears, I’m not fully trusting in your protection, wisdom, and abilities. Forgive me. Strengthen my faith. Amen.

This blog post has been adapted from my book Following Jesus Daily Devotional. You can learn more about it here.


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