Foolish Fears


When Pharaoh drew near, the people of Israel lifted up their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they feared greatly. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt? Is not this what we said to you in Egypt: ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:10-14 ESV

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” Luke 8:22-25 ESV


The people of Israel looked back and saw Pharaoh and his army coming after them, and they were terribly afraid. Before this they had been slaves, but now they were afraid they were going to be brutally killed in battle! They knew they didn’t have any good weapons or any training to fight, and the situation seemed hopeless. But they had seen God at work for them, and the awesome and horrible plagues he had sent to Egypt. How could they not trust that God would help in this situation as well? They were angry and upset and yelled at Moses that they would have rather stayed in Egypt!

Jesus’ disciples felt the same way one day when they were in a boat with him. A terrible storm hit their boat, and they were afraid they would all be swept into the water by the powerful wind. They were sure they were all going to drown. They called to Jesus for help, but they didn’t really know if he could do anything for them. They were as foolish as the people of Israel. They had seen Jesus work incredible miracles and heard his wonderful teaching. They should have known who he was and what he could do. But when he scolded the storm and made it stop, they were really amazed.

Because we are sinners, we aren’t any different from the people of Israel or Jesus’ disciples. Even though we know how wonderful and powerful God is, when we have troubles we still get scared and upset. We don’t think that God cares for us or can help us. We don’t understand what God can do for us, or what his plan is, because our sin keeps us from seeing it. But we can always be sure that God is in control and ready to help us when we need him. We know God’s love and care because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. We can be certain that all our sins are forgiven, and that he will always be with us no matter what troubles we face.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all the times and ways you help us, and especially for sending Jesus to be our Savior. In His Name, Amen.