Why Are You So Afraid?

The second phrase that stood out for me in chapter 4 of Mark was:

“Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” Mark 4:40

This is what Jesus says to the disciples after he calms the storm that almost swamped their boat. They had seen Him heal, they had heard Him teach, and yet they still didn’t trust Him completely.  When things spun out of control, they forgot everything they knew about Jesus and gave into fear.

I often behave in the same way.  In fact, it might be more realistic to say I almost always behave in the same way.  On the same day I was reading this chaper in Mark, another book I was reading (Spiritual Formation by Henri Nouwen–Book Review ) had suggested an exercise dealing with fear.  That was a moment close to Christ for me, a time when I realize He is speaking to me.  The idea was to list your fears.  Some of mine had to do with:

  • My health — I’m not afraid to die, but I am afraid to suffer before I die, to become incapacitated or be a burden to others
  • My finances — do I have enough savings to last through my life?
  • My husband–will he die before I do, and if so, will I become lonely and depressed?
  • My church — attendance and giving have been down since COVID restrictions were put in place.
  • My country — it seems we are going more and more in debt, and I don’t see how that can continue without our economy crashing.  Not to mention the animosity between groups with differing opinions.

Then the exercise asks you to remember times when you felt safe and unafraid;   instances when God has shown love and care for you.  The time of reflection ends with meditating on several verses.  The one that spoke to me was:

“In you, O Lord, I trust.  I let go of my fears.”  Psalm 31:14

I’m a fearful person, but I don’t have to give in to my fears.  God is near.  I can trust Him.

For more about fear see these posts:

Who Do You Fear?

Afraid of all the Things by Scarlet Hiltibidal–Book Review

Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren–Book Review


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About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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