Matthew 14:25-27 Read through Scripture and you will see angels almost always begin their interactions with human beings by saying, "Fear not." Most of us can understand why a fellow human being might need that assurance. It should be noted that Jesus greeted His frightened, wave-tossed disciples in a slightly different way. Yes, He tells them not to be afraid, but first, He wants them to know that He is the One, the only One who can help them. That is why He begins: "Take heart, it is I."
With those words, Jesus wanted His crew to know the worst of storms cannot stop Him from coming to offer help and hope and assistance. Still today, Jesus comes to us in our storms and presents to us the assistance that allows His faithful followers to "take heart." That's good for us to know.
In the early church, Christians struggled with fear. Daily they were challenged by persecutions, pains and personal problems. To calm these concerns and cares, the writer to the Hebrews, by the Holy Spirit's inspiration, told them -- and us -- how to successfully deal with fear. He said, "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (Hebrew 11:1). In other words, because of Jesus, you can take heart. Even if we don't see Him, you can take heart. You see, being a Christian doesn't give an individual an immediate, instantaneous immunity to every fear of life. But this is our sinful shortcoming, not the Lord's. In contrast, we find when we truly trust in the Christ, we will be able to take heart. Jesus will be there: doing what is right and best for us in every situation.
Dear Lord, Bause Jesus is my Savior, I rejoice in my forgiveness and give thanks for His comforting words. May I live in that comfort always. In Jesus' Name. Amen.