There is a variance of the phrase “Do Not Be Afraid” in the Bible for every day of the year! God must have thought it was pretty important that we not be afraid and trust in Him. I am wondering why as much as I say I love the Lord, read and study scripture and believe in the Gospel, that this does not come easy for me.
Today in the Gospel of John 6:16-21, the disciples of Jesus are in a boat without him, the wind is stirring and strongly blowing. The passage says they rowed about 3 or 4 miles but doesn’t mention that they were afraid until they saw Jesus walking on the water. Jesus tells them, “It is I, do not be afraid.”
I am not sure where I am going with this thought. I do not think I am afraid of Jesus as I see my Lord and Savior as a most merciful, loving God. I think what I am most afraid of is me. I know I am capable of doing anything evil without God’s grace and my cooperation with it. In that regard, it is very difficult to not be afraid of myself and my sinful actions.
Faith and a boost of trust is my prayer today. I am nothing without you Lord and have proven that too many times in my life. I am yours now; help me to not be afraid. Amen.