Faith and Fear

Part II of Religion Politics and Faith

Mark 4:35
Wind and Wave Obey Jesus     (NKJV)

On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.”  36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him,”Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”  41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”    (also Matt 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25)

Isn’t that just like us? Who cannot identify with that? We see the storms raging all around us, and in desperation basically we ask, do You not care that we are perishing? — Do You not know?  But Jesus calmed the wind and sea and asked them “why are you so fearful?”  And then He asks why they have no faith? They have Jesus with them in the boat, yet are afraid when the storm rages. That should be a lesson to us. Jesus is nearer than we think and we should not fear the storm when it comes. But we do. These were the disciples. He had to remind them of faith. Just as they were in survival mode, they needed to keep faith.

When I hear the talk that Christians are questioning belief in God or that fewer people today do not question God, it rings a bell. It pours salt and lemon juice in the cut, but He is still with us. Even though we are in survival mode.
 
We need to keep our faith held to the Rock when the waves crash around us. Those who get it see this as both a wake up call  to their faith and a call to action. I was thinking there is a word for a time when Christians disappear, it’s called the rapture. So are these secular intellectuals suggesting they believe in that? No, hardly; though one day they may get their wish and have their self-serving prophecy delivered. But it may not be the paradise they thought it would be.

These academic critics can believe in this prophecy of a study — or study impersonating a prophecy. People have been predicting things for centuries, how much of it comes true? How accurate are their forecasts? I would not put my faith in a study or prediction over what God revealed to us. It just doesn’t make sense. On the other hand, if we accept all these predictions and studies as gospel then we still have a lot to learn.

I can almost hear people calling, “Do You not care that we are perishing?”

8 comments on “Faith and Fear

  1. pepperhawk says:

    Bull,

    Wow, another profound article. I see it the way you tell it. We are fearful with the storm raging about us. And I do believe more people are praying to Jesus than ever before. I know I do. I will admit I pray every night to God to help us. Or I ask Him to forgive us for not paying enough attention to the teachings in the Bible and New Testament. It was rather comforting reading this article because it reminded me once again we must keep faith and believe God will right the ship that is sinking. If not then perhaps the Rapture is coming.

    Great thoughts, Bull and you wrote much to mull over here too.

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    • bullright says:

      Pepp, Thanks you put it very well. You know, I kept looking at that line “Do you not ‘care’ that we are perishing” and see a little humor. Maybe its me. Truth can be a bit funny. It does hit close to home. I sure look for some reinforcement sometimes. I try to rmember things don’t go unnoticed on His end. Sometimes I get short on patience, like everyone does, and remember that scene.

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      • pepperhawk says:

        Bull,
        Sometimes the Hawk and I start laughing in hysterics at some of the stunts that this Deviant pulls in the WH. So I do think we can find humor in almost anything.
        I get impatient too. I’m sure God doesn’t like me for that. LOL! But, He will forgive me.

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        • bullright says:

          Pepp: As a group we did a study on humor in the Bible. No, hardly a laugh session…but there are areas.(don’t remember this scripture in it) It was called Jesus laughed. What was interesting is the history with humor.(and satire) Nothing would have been interpreted Biblically by Christians as humor way back. It was albeit sacrileg. I don’t think it was all a good thing as they thought. As to current events, it can have me in tears and what’s worse is like the left has no clue how funny it is or they are. I’ve been in stitches, as they say, sometimes with his el-escapades. (Gene could testify to it)The Audacity of Arrogance. Bleeding-heart liberals can tickle my funny bone.

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  2. Mrs. AL says:

    When your focus gets stuck on earth, fear arises. I still have to battle this tendency and I have been a Believer for over 35 years. What irritates me beyond belief is the mis-use and mis-quoting of Scripture. How many people have been led astray and off the cliff because some person pulls this? Grrrrr Does that mean I am always right about a certain Scripture? Nooooo … but then I don’t hold myself up as a teacher, etc.

    Great post and timely as well, bullright!!!

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    • bullright says:

      Mrs. Al,
      Thanks for the great comment. I’m often leery of using scripture, and certainly no teacher. (for that reason) But here and there I do. Yes misapplication is a problem. I hear how liberals’ use it and cringe. That is an excellent point about “focus” being stuck on earth. It is a battle. Thanks,+ coming from you.

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      • Mrs. AL says:

        I have never seen anyone I blog with mis-use scripture. We just aren’t built that way. Too respectful. Can we disagree about what something means? Yes yes yes. It’s up to the individual to talk this through with the Lord themselves. My hassle is with the ickies like the Waco dude and politicians trying to score points.

        BTW, is there going to be a Part III?

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        • bullright says:

          Mrs. Al: Wow, you said it. I visted forums where they would nit pick doctrinal, denominational differences ad nausea but what did it gain? Things you and I would probably never loose sleep over. It was an experience. No, I hadn’t planned on another, but one never knows. HA ha. (I do have an essay in the breach) BTW: the son of Jimmy and Tammy Baker was in that clip too.(didn’t even know of him before) He bent the curve for the show about as far as he could without disagreeing with them. Makes you scratch your head. On one hand are the disagreeables, and the other those for whom practically any thing goes. We have to spot them accordingly. Much thanks for the comment. The old MSM finds a minister that says one thing that they can make political hay with and they’re off on a mission.

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