As I read Mark 13 this morning and Jesus' explanation of the end days he told the disciples several times "don't be afraid." Fear seems to be our common response to anything that threatens us. So how can we not fear when the world around us crashes? How can we not surrender to the panic others will voice on Facebook and Internet? It demands a focus on the one who is in charge of our lives. Fear comes from looking around, taking our eyes off of God. Faith is a focus on God in spite of the circumstances.
Do you remember the story of Peter walking on water in Matthew 14? As he walked toward Jesus these words are written, "but when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sin, he cried out, 'Lord, save me!'" Fear always comes when we look at the circumstances around us and take our eyes off of God.
Are you afraid? Look up. Our sovereign God is ruler of everything and he loves us! In the midst of any story a child of God can rest in his care....no matter what!