And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And he they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. –Matthew 8:23-26
I love this story because I believe it describes a lot of what American society is going through right now. The disciples, in this moment, are looking at these waves crashing into their boat paralyzed by their fear and can think of no solution to the problem. Similarly, on a large scale, our country is facing a countless number of problems and all I see people doing is walking around with glum faces proclaiming how bad things are as if our situation is hopeless. On a smaller scale, we deal with things in our day to day lives that seem to be out of control with no hope of being resolved. And I understand that; growing up in America, we are taught about individuality with the sense that with hard work, we can amount to anything. This is a great philosophy, but when we begin to take God out of the equation and glorify all of the things we believe to have done in our own power and strength, it creates pride in our hearts and leaves us defenseless against problems that surpass our human ability to fix. What we need now is to stop in our tracks, quit panicking in the midst of our storm and listen to Jesus saying “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” When Jesus died on the cross, he took ALL authority away from Satan, so why would we want to re-empower him by prophesying negative declarations over our country and ourselves by dwelling on the waves that are threatening to tip our boat? Satan may have a plan to steal, kill and destroy, but God has a plan too; and God’s plan is to give us a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). God is your father and He will not give you a serpent when you ask for a fish (Matthew 7:10). There is no sickness, battle, financial situation, depression, fear, what have you that Jesus did not already defeat on the cross. “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). So why are you afraid?
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all of my fears. –Psalms 34:4