Don’t Be Afraid, Just Believe

Mark 5:35-36

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

These are the words Jesus spoke to a man whose daughter lay dying at home in her bed.  The man had sought Jesus out to beg Him to heal his precious child.  Just as word came that the girl had died, Jesus ignored what they said and told the man “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

As a parent, I can only imagine how that man felt at that moment.  He had a choice to make.  He could look at the reality that his child was dead and let his heart fall further and further into despair, or he could look at Jesus and accept His invitation not to be afraid and believe.

Jesus offers us the same choice every day as we live our lives in this fallen world.  We can look around us and see the reality that bad things do happen.  People get sick and sometimes die way too young.  Husbands get laid off. Wives have miscarriages.  Engagements get called off.  Friends betray us.  Teenagers make poor choices.

Jesus was able to tell Jairus not to be afraid in spite of the fact that his daughter had died because He knew what He was going to do.  He knew that before the end of that day, He was going to go to Jairus’ house and raise his daughter from the dead. Jesus knew the end of the story.

Jesus knows the end of our story, too.  He knows that for the Christian, death has already been conquered.  He knows that Jeremiah 29:11 is still true. ”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and future.”

I know that before this day is over, things will happen in my life and yours that could lead us to fear and despair. The same invitation Jesus gave to Jairus is offered to us.  Trust Him, don’t be afraid, and just believe that He has all situations under control.

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  1. I’m sitting here with tears pouring down my face. You see I’ve been asking for some, any, even bread crumbs of attention from my husband. He commits to maybe I’ll do that but I give him a time and date and it’s I’ll think about it. Only the answer never comes. I’m tired of looking at a dead marriage and accepting the reality that nothing is going to change. I was headed to bed early because I just don’t have the strength to be ignored tonight. And then I read just one last email/blog — and Jesus says , “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
    Jesus spoke to another father and said “If you can believe, anything is possible.” And the father said, “Help my unbelief” (not exact quotes) Mark 9
    Thank you for helping God extend hope to me.

  2. Lynn….praying for you right now and your marriage!

    Carol, Jer. 29:11 is a verse that my mother spoke to me so often to encourage to look to the future and not be afraid. After she died at the end of the month, I spoke these words to my father to encourage him in the plan that God has for him. Our fear comes when we don’t know what is going to happen or how we are going to get through the situation we are in. Jesus wants us to look past our situations and look to Him….where all things are possible and all things work for good to them that love Him.

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