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Spiritual Life: Rev Jan Larkins, Hainault Baptist Church

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 July 2017

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If we believe that God is with us, there is no need to be afraid

For many folks at the moment life is difficult, whether we are people of faith or not.

I am reminded of a story in Matthew’s Gospel, when Jesus calmed the storm.

Trusting in God doesn’t mean there won’t be storms: Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed and so strong a storm arose that the boat was being swamped by the waves; and Jesus was asleep!

In times of danger and moments of fear, do we turn to prayer?

“Lord, save us; we are perishing!”

This was how it seemed to the minds and hearts of those involved in this story. Jesus’ answer: “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?”

Is Jesus suggesting here that we have no need to be afraid because we are with him? This would certainly seem to be the thrust of his words.

If so, then the most important thing in life is knowing that God, whose name is Love, is with us.

If we believe this, then there is no need to be afraid, no matter what the circumstances.

Nevertheless Jesus heeds his disciples’ cries and by a word of rebuke calms the winds and the sea.

The disciples are amazed and wonder what kind of man Jesus is.

The challenge for us today might be phrased slightly differently: Can we really place such utter trust in God, that no matter what the circumstance, we will always find Him to be more than capable to meet our need?


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