Mark 16:14 (ESV): "14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen." [Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.]
It is impossible to please God without faith (Heb 11:6). Fear (the opposite of faith) communicates to God, "I don't trust You." A lack of trust would severely damage every other relationship we have but God doesn't take it personally but rather addresses it so that we can learn to trust Him in all things. When we are faithless, He is faithful (2 Tim 2:13).
After Jesus rose again from the dead He appeared to many. Mark records the eyewitness account of Peter who said after Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and the two men on the road to Emmaus, He came to the eleven disciples and rebuked them for their unbelief in His resurrection. They had rejected the testimonies of the eyewitnesses. Jesus said it was due to the hardness of their hearts. The Lord had told them He would rise again on the third day but they refused to trust Him at His Word.
We have all been there and done that. What a shame it is to doubt the Word of the Lord and the testimony of His people. Fear will make us do a lot of stupid things! Choose to walk by faith Christian, not by sight. Trust Jesus to the point of absurdity. He is the God of the impossible. Take Him at His Word and don't doubt! Put a big smile on the face of God today by trusting Him completely. Amen?
Father, we thank You that You have given us faith to believe in You above our circumstances. You have given us promises that we can take to the bank. Help us to walk daily by faith trusting every Word You say. Remove fear and doubt so our hearts can be soft and in a place of belief, we pray in Jesus' name, Amen and Amen!