Fear, not Faith

32 [Jesus] said to [the demons], “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region. (Matthew 8:32-34)

The event makes me wonder about the priorities of the townspeople. They valued unclean animals over the healing of a tormented man. If the owners of the pigs were Jews, eating pigs was forbidden. They pleaded with Jesus to leave because they feared further disruption in their lives. Who knows what other miracles of healing and teaching Jesus would have done for this town if he had been accepted in faith…

Fear is a natural and normal part of what it means to be human, for we neither know nor control the future. However, let us not let fear consume us to the point of pushing Jesus away. Fear should move us to the feet of Jesus so we might say, “Take from me what you will.”