In Matthew 8:26, Jesus asks his disciples, “Why are you afraid?” At first we wonder if he’s serious. But he’s dead earnest. Here is how Matthew remembered the trip: “Jesus got into a boat, and his followers went with him. A great storm arose on the lake so that waves covered the boat.”
This story sends the not-so-subtle and not-too-popular reminder that getting on board with Christ can mean getting soaked with Christ. Disciples can expect rough seas and stout winds. Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation.” Not might, may, or could, but will have. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? This is the possibility behind Jesus’ question. Imagine your life without fear.
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