Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said, "Only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
There is much truth in this statement. If you are a Bible reader you will know that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ repeatedly told us that we have nothing to fear. In the gospel of Mark chapter 4:40 Jesus tells us, "And He said unto them, why are you so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?”
At this time Jesus was talking to his disciples as they were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee. A terrible storm came up and the waves broke over the boat so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus had gone to sleep and the storm did not effect Him, however the disciples woke Him up and said, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?"
Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" The wind then died down and it was completely calm.
The disciples had nothing to fear for the Lord was with them.
In his first inaugural address to the nation, FDR accepted the presidency of the United States knowing that the country was headed into a depression. Trying to sooth the feelings of the people he then made his famous statement and there is so much true within these few words.
Our country is based on Godly principles and in today’s society we have gotten away from what our forefathers taught us. We are fast becoming a country that is losing its confidence and strength because we have allowed our once strong Godly principles to be taken away.
For all of us that are Christians, why are we so fearful? The Lord hasn’t left us; we have taken our eyes off of Him.
President Ronald Reagan once said, “If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.”
Is our country headed in this direction? Will you stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ in today’s society and not be fearful of the repercussions?
Prayer: Father, thank you for the freedoms we have in America and I pray that you will continue to bless this nation. I pray for our leaders that they will seek you for wisdom and guidance. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday - Matthew 14:22-32; Monday 1 Samuel 27:1-2; Tuesday - Psalm 19:7-11; Wednesday - Romans 11:1721; Thursday - Isaiah 41:8-13; Friday 1 Peter 3:8-22; Saturday - Luke 8:2225.) A086-10