TRUST: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Life presents us with some difficult circumstances. I am not sure what you are facing at this very moment in your life, but I have an answer from God for the both of us. TRUST: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Whatever our circumstance, God expects us all to trust in Him. As a result, He can tell us “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

It has often been said that fear is the enemy of faith. Whether that is true or not, I am not sure, but I do know that fear drives us away from God and faith draws us closer to God. Faith, trust or believe requires us to abandon our natural thoughts and feelings.  Romans 1:17 tells us that “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.””

Jesus had already demonstrated that in interaction with Jarius, a synagogue ruler, and his dying/dead daughter in Mark 5.

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’

32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them,“Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

It will take faith to believe what you just read from Mark 5. The implication though is that if you believe the Word of God you can believe that God will work in your life when you TRUST: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”  

For those of you who have had the privilege of being a parent, you know one of the most gripping emotions is the safety or life of your child. Jairus experienced that as his daughter’s life was threatened to death.

We can learn something about how to approach God/Jesus through Jairus. First, he came i.e. he sought Jesus. He recognized that only Jesus could help him, so he came to Jesus. Then, he fell at his feet. This was an obvious sign of reverence and recognition of who Jesus was and what Jesus could do. It honored Jesus as sovereign God. After seeking Jesus and reverencing Him as sovereign God, Jairus pleaded with Jesus. Pleaded is also besought in the King James Version. Besought is the past tense of beseech. It is from the Greek word παρακαλέω parakaléō, par-ak-al-eh’-o; from G3844 and G2564; to call near, i.e. invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation):—beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort(-ation), intreat, pray. It is essentially to beg or to earnestly ask. I don’t know a parent who would not beg God for the life of a child.

Clearly, God wants us to come to Him (seek Him), to humble ourselves out of reverence for who He is and then to pray earnestly for our need. Jairus needed his daughter to live. Your child’s need may be different. Your need may be different or someone else’s need may be different, but God expects the same regardless of whose need we are concerned. God has said to us TRUST: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 

Will you believe Him today? Seek Him, humble and honor Him as sovereign Lord and then pray earnestly for what you need.


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