Matt 8:23-27 – “When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” NASU
I’ve heard many times that the opposite of FAITH is DOUBT but I would question that based on what I read in Scripture, have observed in life, and experienced personally. I would suggest that the opposite of Faith is not Doubt but Fear. Notice what Jesus says to the disciples in the incident.
They were fearful based on what they could see and their life experiences regarding the tumultuous seas they were in. Their nautical experience caused them to allow fear to enter their hearts and fully believed that they were going to sink. Their fears would have been justified had it not been for the fact that Jesus was in the boat with them and He had said: “Go to the other side”. Those two factors trump the natural that they were witnessing or should have.
Jesus had been demonstrating the Power of God to them and giving them illustrations of faith in operation through His words and works yet Fear shipwrecked their Faith. That happens to you and me more than we would like to acknowledge. I am not suggesting that there are not dangers in life that should cause us great awareness and cause us to take various steps to move out of those dangers and to find safety and shelter from the storm, but we do not have to allow Fear to override our Faith or our Hope in God. Jesus’ action of speaking to the ‘wind’ and the ‘waves’ was an example to them that with faith they could have done the same.
In life when ‘storms’ arise the worst possible condition we can allow ourselves to enter into is a State of Fear. In fear, one does not think rationally, normally. In fear, one is subject to making irrational decisions and while the adrenaline will flow and possibly give us stamina or strength that we would not have normally manifested our Faith quotient will be at great risk because Fear will send Faith to be back of the room and allow the enemy to get our attention and gain our ear. That is always a mistake because we know he is a liar and the father of lies. We need to hear the Holy Spirit, not the imposter.
So when you face a trial or danger instead of allowing Fear to take root and rise to the top resist it and turn your focus and attention to the Lord. You will find that instead of doubt arising as a by-product of fear faith will being to flood your being and rejoicing will lift your spirit.
May God be with you as you go through your day!