Jesus asked what appeared to be a ridiculous question of His disciples in Mt.8:26. The backstory is that the disciples and Jesus have all boarded a boat and started off across the Sea of Galilee. Now the Sea of Galilee is notorious for storms whipping up almost instantaneously and it was the unfortunate circumstances of the twelve plus the ONE to find themselves in just such a storm. The Greek description of the storm is seismos megas…recognize those words? Seismic…mega. Right…the sea is described as a great earthquake. Matthew 8:24 (NLT2) 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. That’s what’s going on!
So here comes the ridiculous question. Wait for it…”Why are you so afraid?” And to add insult to injury, he had been sleeping in the back of the boat throughout the storm!!! The great earthquake of a stormy sea! Unphased. Unperturbed. The boat is sinking! The Sea has slipped its leash! We’re all gonna die!!
Does that sound familiar? Can you say COVID-19? Now we don’t really have anywhere near the cause for terror that the disciples had. I am far more afraid of the media and the political agendas behind all this than I am the virus. But in truth, Jesus would ask me, just as he asks you, just as he asked the twelve, “Why are you so afraid?”
Then He answers His own question. “You have so little faith.” That is why you’re afraid. That is where fear comes from. It comes from the God vacuum that is in your heart. If you don’t know God, you don’t know His power or His love or His sovereign control of every detail…every hair on your head…every sparrow! A good, loving, merciful, righteous God can, with a word, stop the storm.
Matthew 8:26 (NLT2) Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. THAT FAST, AND ALL WAS CALM.
Psalm 91:5-7 (NIV) 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
Now if you don’t know God, and you don’t know His promises to those who are living in covenant with Him, then you don’t have these kinds of promises and assurances to build your life on. And that is why you are afraid. You have such little faith.
1 John 4:18 (NKJV) 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
It is fear that torments. It is fear that drives panic shopping and extreme and unfounded predictions of millions and millions of dead Americans. And millions of millions more in the world. And the hysteria is causing more damage than the virus. The loss of natural liberties and the economic chaos are going to have far reaching implications. They will be severe. And they will be the result, not of necessity, but of fear. Fear is the enemy.
I am a 65 year old diabetic with a five way bypass and 3 stents in my heart. I am definitely in the statistically endangered group of Americans, and you know what? It doesn’t mean a thing. I agree with my good friend David: Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
And you can walk in the same confidence and trust if you’ll put your trust in Him! God is not your enemy. Fear is.