"Jarius, your daughter is dead.” Immediately after Jarius receives this gut wrenching news, Jesus instructs him, “Do not fret, only believe.” (Mark 5:35-36) Talk about a test of faith! I imagine if anyone else, but Jesus, would have told Jarius this, their words would have not been well received. And for good reason, because anyone else would have been powerless to do anything to help Jarius' situation. (Matthew 19:26)
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Though Jesus’ command to Jarius to not fret, but only believe may sound as easy as “be anxious for nothing” (Philippians 4:6-7), when we consider a couple of truths about Jesus, we can see how Jesus’ instruction to not fret, only believe is not only doable, but incredibly freeing.
1. Jesus had the power to help Jarius, and make a positive difference in his situation (Isaiah 41:10)
2. Jesus would surely help Jarius because He loved him. (Psalm 34:19)
Despite what people say to us and how our circumstances appear, because God has the power to help us and He will surely help us because He loves us, we are completely free to not worry, just believe. As the Newsboys sing: We are free!
I am Free by Newsboys in American Sign Language
I love that Jesus ignored the discouraging report about Jarius’ daughter, and simply instructed Jarius in the way he should go—Don’t worry, just trust. What a great example for us to follow. When we hear or witness discouraging news, may we do as Jesus did, ignoring that which would pull our attention away from faith in Christ and instead make a decision not to worry, but trust only in Jesus.
Someone once said, “Worry is carrying a burden God never intended us to bear.” One of my favorite songs to listen to when I’m feeling anxious is Third Day’s, Come On Back To Me. Written as a love song from the Lord to us; I am always so pumped up by its chorus:
Never mind your worries
Never mind your fears
They can only take you far from Me
When you feel there’s nowhere
Left for you to turn
Well, I got all you want
And everything you need
Come on back to Me
--Third Day’s Come On Back To Me
Come on Back to Me performed by Third Day
The next time you are tempted to worry, remember Who your God is in light of your problem:
1. He is able to help you (Psalm 46:1)
2. He desires to help you (Psalm 86:15)
3. He will surely help you because He loves you (Psalm 41:13)
God bless you as you seek, in every situation, to not worry, but only believe--setting your mind on remembering God's past faithfulness and rehearsing His promises.
Question for you: How do knowing these three truths about God pump you up to not fear, but only believe?
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