fear & making decisions

I read this morning about a crazy guy that met Jesus & how his life changed.  In Mark 5, there’s a man who is demon possessed & is severely tormented.  No one can chain or control him.  He lives in a graveyard, screams & runs around cutting himself – totally nuts.  When Jesus comes to the area where this man lives, the crazy guy runs up to Jesus & the demons start talking to Jesus & being obnoxious.  The short end of the story is that Jesus kicks out the demons & the man gets his sanity back.  Clearly, this story is pretty interesting, but here’s one of the things that really gets my attention:

It says in Mark 5:15 When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. 16 Those who had seen it told the people what had happened to the demon-possessed man—and told about the pigs as well. 17 Then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region.

Because of their fear, the people in the village asked Jesus to leave their area when they saw the crazy man turned sane.  If we’re not careful, we will allow fear to influence us to make crazy decisions, like the people in this village.  They asked Jesus to leave their area after he had completely healed the town’s madman.  If Jesus could heal the crazy man of the town, could He not also heal others?  And yet the town kept their fear but rejected the Healer.  I hope that when I am forced to make decisions between fear & Jesus that I pick Jesus every time.

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