Verse: “…Jesus told him, ‘Do not be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36
Last Friday, the conversation concluded with a man named Jairus. This was an individual who humbly approached Jesus Christ to save the life of his daughter. Along the way, word was received she had in fact passed away. “Jairus must have looked in despair at Jesus, but Jesus made no indication of changing His plans. He turned in the direction of Jairus’ house and told Jairus, ‘Do not be afraid. Just trust Me.’” Life Application New Testament Commentary
Upon arrival, family and friends were gathered. Rather than extending condolences to the grieving, Jesus asked, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.” Everyone began to laugh at him. That’s right. People laughed at Jesus. Yet, despite their doubt, the twelve year old little girl lived. Jesus performed a miracle and brought her back to life.
When faced with the difficulties or tragedies of life, how do you respond? Most of us tend to gauge the situation through the lens of our own perspective- a shortsighted optical instrument guided by our preconceived notions and fears that only depicts a partial view. Our perception is both limited in nature and obstructed in clarity.
In our own way, we laugh at the simplicity of Jesus’ instructions. “Do not be afraid. Just trust Me.” Christ wants us to trust solely in Him, not ourselves, not our abilities, and not our strengths. However, our flesh often wants to respond contrarily than how God demands. Amidst the tears and heartaches, our rebuttal is often self-centered.
When we surrender ourselves to The Lord throughout this time of desperation, we discover The One who sympathizes with our pain the most-Christ Crucified (Galatians 2:20). Often the blessings we receive extend far beyond our imaginable dreams. Consider the details of this man’s heartbreaking journey.
In desperation, Jairus sought out Jesus. He swallowed his pride and fell to the feet of Christ. Jairus did not have to go alone. Jesus walked with him. When the moment of despair came, Jesus comforted. Jairus invited Jesus into his home. As a result, the little girl was given life. Moreover, Jairus’ entire family witnessed the greatness of Jesus Christ. Through this pain, Jairus intimately experienced Jesus in a way he had never done before.
When difficulties arise, do not be afraid. Trust in Jesus. This approach runs counter to the world we live in. This may also be the single hardest endeavor of the Christian life. Christ Followers are called to trust as we walk through the battlefield stricken with agony, not merely the beautiful fields with blooming roses and colorful butterflies. Meanwhile, Satan is constantly whispering an onslaught of lies and doubts in our ears. Thus, our focus must be on The Risen Christ and no other.
Do you trust solely in Jesus? This endeavor is more than a meager belief in Jesus’ existence that “Casual Christianity” has embraced. Living a life of righteous faith is one of complete surrender. In other words, our desires or agendas no longer matter. Jesus is the utmost priority in every aspect of our lives.
Jesus wants to rid us of ourselves, including our fears. Quite candidly, He often uses our heartbreaks to accomplish this incredible task of breaking our stubbornness and pride.
Quote: “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Corrie Ten Boom
Additional Readings: Psalm 56, Proverbs 12:25, Isaiah 35:4, Isaiah 41:10, John 14
Prayer: Father God, I cast all my cares and anxieties upon You, Lord. Rid me of myself today. I trust in You, Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I pray that I live a life of complete surrender. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.