26th June 2021, Saturday
Title: Do not be afraid, only believe
Author: Pastor Andrew Lim Kim Yee
Translator: Margaret Ong
Whether you like it or not, we are all living in fear. Right from infancy when we can express ourselves, until we leave the world, it is inevitable that we will often be afraid. The hardships of life, physical illnesses, so on and so forth, always makes us worry and haunts us with fear. Some of those fears we have learned to overcome, but there are some terrors, there is nothing we can do about them.
We are afraid of many things: afraid of choices, afraid of decisions, afraid of aging, afraid of not being beautiful or young anymore, afraid of getting sick, afraid of being criticized, afraid of not being able to lose, afraid of darkness, afraid of ghosts, afraid of comparing with others, afraid of conflict with others, fear of suffering losses, fear of losing relatives and friends, fear of less living days, fear of death, etc.
Jesus said: Do not be afraid; only believe.
What does that mean? What does that have to do with me?
There was a man named Jairus, whose daughter was at the point of death. He was so helpless that he begged Jesus for healing. So Jesus went with him. While He was on the way, someone came from his house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any further?” How would you have reacted if you were Jairus? Thus far, Jairus has only heard about what Jesus had done by the hearing of the ear, and he believed in His ability so much so that he was certain that his daughter would be healed by Jesus. However, his confidence was immediately severely challenged. His daughter was dead, and everything seemed too late. No matter how remarkable Jesus’ healing power was, there could be no way to solve the problem. The pain of bereavement completely shattered his faith.
Knowing the fear and despair of Jairus, the Lord Jesus said to the desperate father: “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” Jesus could have been holding his hand or embracing his shoulder as He accompanied this grief-stricken father.
Today, Jesus also embraces us, walks us through the most difficult moments of life, and leads us through the dark valley of death.
In the eyes of non-believers, “Do not be afraid; only believe! ” sounds silly and ridiculous, but we can still choose to believe in Him and obey Him. Whenever you are scared, just raise your head and declare, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Jesus was able to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead 2000 years ago, and Jesus says to you today: “Do not be afraid, only believe! Entrust God with your fears, your troubles, your pressures, and your worries.”
Do not be afraid to face death. Death comes, but do not be afraid, only believe! Didn’t Lord Jesus have the power to overcome death? Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”
There are 365 “Do not be afraid” recorded in the Bible. If you trust God, it is enough to withdraw one “do not be afraid” every day.
Prayer: Lord! You know whenever I am afraid. When I tremble, I pray that you will be the source of my strength within me, support me from behind, and carry me through every fear and harsh environment. I admit my lack of faith, so I ask that you strengthen my faith. Knowing your presence, no matter how difficult the situation I encounter, I ask that you ease my fears and consternations. I believe that with You, I will be able to overcome all difficulties. Pray in the holy name of the Lord Jesus, Amen.