Why do we fear?

Jesus said to the disciples, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm (Matt. 8:26). 

The disciples got in to a ship in which Jesus was setting off. The winds were howling, the waters roaring and the disciples thought their ship would sink and they all would perish. So they alarmed the Lord crying for His help.

Look at how Matthew records the incident, reversing the usual order of dealing with the problem first and then making corrections of approach or attitude.

As per Matthew, Jesus first dealt with the chief cause of their danger, not the winds, nor the waves, but their fear and unbelief. We need to remember that there is always more peril to a Christian in fear and unbelief than in the most adverse circumstances by which he/she is surrounded. It’s easier many times to deal with the winds and the waves rather than dealing with the tempests raised by doubt and fear.

Jesus knew that the mental preceded the physical and the ruling of hearts is of greater importance than governing of the winds and the waves.

So whenever we have to battle with troubles, let’s always begin with ourselves – our own fears, mistrusts, suspicion and selfishness, which are the chief causes of danger.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13).