‘But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. ‘
While I was reading Matthew 14, I came across the text above and thought about how Peter might have felt when he recognized what was going on as he got out of the boat to walk on the water. The issue at hand was not that Peter got on the water. He wasn’t afraid of that. What caused him to fear was the wind. The wind is unseen. Sure, the effects of the wind are noticeable. However, the wind itself is not.
We are not so different than Peter. We have great fears about unseen things every day. We fear sickness, death, failure, etc. These fears rob us of the great things that God has in store for us.
Although we have been talking about the invisibility of fear, we simply cannot ignore the tangibility of fear. In the 1930s, we witnessed one of the most difficult times in United States history. At this time in history, the United States was in midst of the Great Depression and there was a lot of fear throughout the country. There were not enough jobs, money, food, etc. Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke in his inauguration address on March 4, 1933, where he attested;
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”
It would have been easy for the citizens of our country to panic and many of them did. However, it birthed one of the greatest generations. Each person who came out on the other side were better for it.
As I was studying for this post, I came across this thought from entrepreneur Sandi Krakowski who said;
“FEAR is faith in the wrong kingdom. Fear is believing in the lies more than the truth. Fear is trusting in loss more than blessing. Fear is partnering with the enemy rather than all of heaven!”