“When it was evening, the disciples of Jesus went down to the sea, embarked in a boat, and went across the sea to Capernaum. It had already grown dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid. But he said to them, ‘It is I. Do not be afraid.’ They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading.” (JOHN 6:16-21)
Fear is a common feeling for most of us. Fear of crowds, meeting new people, rejection and the unknown all play a part of this distressing emotion. Personally I worry and have fear about things that never even happen. I’m a “What if ...?” kind of person.
So ... why do we need to keep being reminded to “fear not?” Everything changes — yes that is a fact — relationships, family, health, technology and even ourselves. But the one thing that never changes is God. His love for us is everlasting, His mercy never ending and His Word the foundation upon which we build our lives.