By Samone Davis
The Lord calmed the storm and asked them in response, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
This scripture shows that having fear of something means having no faith in the Lord.
In one of my classes, I was given an assignment requiring me to research and describe the relationship between fear and faith.
When I first heard “fear and faith,” I automatically assumed that they had no relationship, but in the next thought, recognized that we must fear God to prove our faith in him.
My professor divided the class into groups, based on opinions. The group I was in agreed that fear and faith had no relation, since one was only present when the other one was absent.
After a little research, I noticed that many people believed that fear weakens faith and that fear is a failure of faith.
It is true that we must fear the Lord, but if we live fearful of the world, then we stop ourselves from living.
When we live in fear, we lock ourselves down; we feel burdened and limit ourselves.
However, when we live in faith, we free ourselves and allow God to use us. It is then that we live in fear of him alone.
I would like to conclude with thoughts from Pastor Michael Youssef of a ministry called Leading the Way:
Faith that conquers fear depends on absolute trust in God. It is the kind of faith that has an open heart to whatever God provides for us. It is a faith that is manifested as an utter dependence on the sovereignty of God.
When we live by faith, we know that even when the storm is at its worst, we can trust that God is working out His purposes for us.
When we walk close to God and trust Him daily, our faith will conquer our fears. When we put our focus on God, fear fades into the background. At the first sign of fear, our plan of action should be seeking God in prayer.