We Do Not Need to Be Afraid: God is with Us
Do Not Be Afraid: God is with YouDo not be afraid; God is with you every step you take in life.
Sigh. Sometimes I just want to sit back and watch the world go by me instead of fully participating in it.
Do you ever feel that way, too?
I want to do what God calls me to do, but sometimes I am afraid to ask Him. It can be easier to go about our lives and avoid asking, but that is not what God calls us to do. He does not want us to sit back and watch life, but to live it as He calls us to live it: fully and without fear.
How can we live without fear?
The short answer: We can fully trust and have faith in God.
The long answer: We need to work on our hearts and minds so we may fully love, trust, and have faith in God.
Jesus is with us
Conquering the fear to live our lives as God calls us to can be challenging. We know that God will not call us to anything that He will not help us through. He will be with us every step of the way. We need to invite God in to the fears we have so we may let go of them and hold on to Him instead.
Do you remember the time Jesus walked on the water towards the Apostles when they were in the boat? (It is in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 14: 22-33.)
The Apostles were initially afraid when they saw Jesus walking on the water because they did not recognize Him. They thought He was a ghost. Jesus told them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” (verse 27)
Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” (verse 28) Jesus said, “Come,” and Peter walked on the water toward Jesus. (verse 29)
What happened next? Peter took His eyes off of Jesus and began to focus on the wind and the waves. He focused on the storm around Him instead of on Jesus. He began to be afraid and He started to sink.
When Peter realized he was sinking, “he cried out “Lord, save me!”” (verse 30)
I like what happened next: “Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”” (verse 31)
Did you notice that? Jesus responded “immediately.” He did not wait for Peter to sink further, give Peter a lecture on how he should have more faith, or work with him so he would stop sinking. He “immediately…stretched out his hand and caught him.” Then He scolded him gently.
Why did Peter doubt? We do not know, but the Bible does say, “when he saw how [strong] the wind was he became frightened; and” then began to sink. (verse 30) He took his eyes off Christ and was afraid when he looked at the storm.
Conquering fear in faith
Just as We can see the way Jesus was with Peter and learn about how He is with us, too: Jesus calls us to Him: “Come.” He sees us when we fall. He lifts us up when we call out to Him: “Lord, save me!” He tells us not to be afraid: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” He is with us through everything. We can trust Him.
Do not be afraid. What God wants is what is best for me and He will help me to do it and be with me every step of the way.
Jesus wants to be so close to us. He loves us so much! We can encounter Him in the Sacraments of the Church, in the Bible, in prayer, and in others.
May we work on our hearts and minds to know and love God so much that there is no room for fear in us, only Love for God. Amen.