Fear or faith; which will it be…?

Luke 24: 1-12 

Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”

And they remembered His words. Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.

 Fear or faith, which is in control?  Why do you look for the living among the dead?  Are we looking for solutions to life’s problems among the dead philosophies and ideas of mankind?  Or do we seek counsel from the living Word of God?  Counsel from the Word of God may seem at times  like nonsense.  At that point are we operating in or out of faith?  When doubts rise up, we can look to the One who rose on the third day, just as he said.  We can remember his Words as the angels reminded the women.  We can seek the truth as Peter did.  We can ask ourselves who are we relying on for truth and solutions, God or man?  Often when we find ourselves sounding like the rest of humanity we will also find we are operating out of a fear base as they are.  Fear or faith, which will we allow to control our thoughts and actions?

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