January 8 Fear or Faith?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:23–27

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Wolf eels, which grow to be approximately six feet long, live in the cold waters of the northern Pacific Ocean in rocky dens on the sea floor. They have large, almost human-size eyes and formidable teeth, which give them a fierce appearance.

It is no wonder that for years, many marine scientists and divers believed them to be predatory and vicious. A recent discovery, however, has debunked that myth forever. Wolf eels actually use their long, sharp teeth to crack the shells of mollusks in order to get the meat inside. They do not bother humans at all. In fact, they are so docile that some have even played with the divers who studied them.

Something that looked fearful turned out not to be worthy of fear at all. Appearances can be deceiving, especially in spiritual matters. Peter was fine until he put his eyes on the waves at his feet and allowed the seeming impossibility of walking on water to rule his belief.

In an earlier scene, when the disciples were caught in a storm and awakened Jesus in a panic, He asked them, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matt. 8:26 niv).

Jesus does not want you to evaluate situations with your senses and human reason, which can be led astray easily. He wants you to walk by spiritual sight that is guided by faith in a Lord who cannot fail.

Dear heavenly Father, do not let me evaluate situations by my carnal senses and human reasoning. Let me walk by spiritual sight guided by faith in You—a God who can never fail![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 9). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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