There is a direct correlation between your level of fear and your level of faith. While all those who know Christ as Lord and Savior possess faith; that faith is not always exercised in the same portion. When trying circumstances enter your life, you might fall into fear. But if you keep your spiritual eyes focused on Jesus, then your fear melts away because your faith increases. Simon Peter learned this lesson the hard way.
The Bible records an incident in which Jesus’s disciples were in a boat, fighting against a fierce storm, in the middle of the night. Jesus came to them, walking on the water, and it scared them even more. They thought he was a ghost, but he assured them of who he was. Peter asked for him to grant it that he might walk to him on the water. And Jesus granted it. Peter supernaturally walked on the water for a few steps, but then he noticed the wind and waves around him and got scared. As soon as he got scared, he started to sink like a stone. Jesus said to him, “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
There is a lesson in this story for all of us. And it’s a big lesson. The more we focus on Jesus, the less afraid we will be in life. The more we focus on the problems of life, the more afraid we will be. Because we take our focus off the Lord. We all face trials in life. We all encounters “tests of faith.” But the only way to pass such a test victoriously, is to commit yourself now to focusing on Christ. Before the trial even comes, make up your mind to live by faith and not by fear.
With that said, there is a good kind of fear. We should live with a reverent “fear” of the Lord. We should worship Him because of His greatness and marvel at Him because of His power. We should obey Him out of love. And we should bow to Him as our Almighty King. If we “fear” the Lord as we should, then we will have no cause to fear anyone else. Though the world might kill you, they cannot take your soul. And if they do kill you, all they do is release you from your earthly body so that you can be eternally with the Lord. Don’t let the fear of your circumstances cripple you in life. Look to Jesus and be amazed as the fear is replaced with faith.