How to Have Faith When You’re Afraid

Today I was reading my daily devotional from “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” It talked about Jesus as your lifeline and referenced Matthew 14:31. This is a familiar passage for many Christians. Jesus tells the disciples to go ahead of Him in the boat, and then he walks on the water towards the boat. Peter sees Jesus and asks Jesus to tell him to come out. Peter steps out of the boat and begins to walk on the water.


As soon as Peter steps out, he looks around and is distracted by the waves from the storm, becomes afraid and starts to sink. He asks Jesus to save him; Jesus immediately takes his hand and pulls Peter out of the boat and into the water.


This reminds me so much of my life sometimes. I see where Jesus is leading me, either in a job decision, or my family or some area of life. I start to follow Him and come towards Him, but become distracted and afraid by the problems, doubt, worry or stresses of life.


I love that in this passage how as soon as Peter asks for Jesus’ help, Jesus reaches out and pulls Peter out of the water. It was an immediate response by Jesus, and it strengthens me and gives me hope and courage to know that if I do find myself in an area where I must have faith, that I don’t have to be afraid because Jesus is there and pulls me out of the water, calm the storm, and restore the my faith.

2 comments on “How to Have Faith When You’re Afraid

  1. Hi Jill, I found your site via the article you wrote for Tamara Suttle.

    Anyway, I appreciate this article. I just came through a rough couple of weeks. I was overwhelmed and depressed. Things finally began to change for the better when I began asking Jesus to show me the way. Then I gradually began to see how I could accomplish my tasks and also get rest. It actually came down to trusting that he would be there for me each step of the way.

    Isn’t it crazy that we forget to call on him? Why would we think we can handle life on our own?

    • Tawnya,
      I am so glad you found my site! I too struggle with wanting to plan things my way, get stressed out about it, and forget that He has my life in His hands and I can call on Him for wisdom and guidance. For me it boils down to trust vs. doubt. Do I trust the path that he has led me too? I know I always look back and difficult times and I can usually see where he has led me the right way, even when I wasn’t paying attention. I am so thankful for that.

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