Jairus’ daughter had died while Jesus was en route to heal her. Men came and told Jairus, “Your daughter is dead. . . Why bother the teacher any more?”
Jesus was not swayed at all. Rather, He told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)
In our walk of faith, we will be faced again and again with Jesus’ challenge, exhortation, and words of amazing comfort: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
The last thing we want to do in the face of death is to be brash and unfeeling. And yet in that very moment Jesus ignored what Jairus’ friends said and brashly reassured him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
As we read this account, we don’t find Jesus’ words brash for we know the end of the story . . . he raises Jairus’ daughter to life.
Yet, how many times in our lives do we choose to be afraid rather than to believe? We don’t have the end of the story in printed form and yet we follow a God who
- Is not man that He should lie nor son of man that He should change His mind. Does He speak and the not act? Does He promise and then not fulfill? – Numbers 23:19
- Promises, “What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.” – Isaiah 46:11
- Promises, “In My Father’s house are may rooms; if it were not so I would have told you.” – John 14:2
What is it that you have been praying and believing God for that you have grown weary in your faith, lackadaisical in persisting in prayer, wishy- washy in believing that He will bring it to pass.
Do not let your present circumstances, situations, and input from family and friends cause you to be “. . .like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind” – James 1:6
“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
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