Jesus spent several days preaching, teaching and performing miracles; healing the sick and rising the dead.
In Matthew 8:23-27, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee to a town called Gadarene. Then Jesus, the human flesh and blood man was tired, so he went to sleep.
Biblical scholars note that most likely there were other boats in the water that day. This might have been because Jesus and his disciples were taking the most popular route to Gadarene, or because large numbers of people chose to cross the Sea of Galilee to follow Jesus in hopes of seeing, or being the recipient of a miracle.
Suddenly, a fierce storm struck with waves breaking into all the boats at sea. The disciples were scared; they thought they were going to die at sea. The disciples went to Jesus, woke him up shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up, rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.
The boat that you and I live in, called the United States of America, is in a fierce storm – the Presidential Election!
Some of the fierce winds, called Donald, Hillary, Republicans, Democrats, Emails, Access Hollywood, Billy Bush, Anthony Winner, the FBI and other things, have rocked our boat.
The story of Jesus calming the storm is here to remind us that whether we are asleep or awake, Jesus is in the boat with us.
Therefore, the question for us today on the eve of this election is, “Where is your faith?”
Are you like the disciples – who even though they had firsthand evidence of Jesus’ miracle working power, feared drowning? Wouldn’t you prefer the courage that only faith can provide? Faith gives you the confidence that the winds and rains caused by the storm of this election is not what matters, nor does it matter who wins the election.
Why? Because Jesus is in the boat with us.
After Jesus calmed the sea, the disciples remarked, “Who is this man? Even the winds and waves obey him!”
Therefore, I am not going to worry if Donald Trump, a man with clear personality flaws gets elected. I am not going to worry if Hillary Clinton, a woman with issues of honesty gets elected.
So, what will I do? I will vote – but my hope, trust and faith is in Jesus.