You Must Believe, Do not Fear

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Mark 5:36

A popular saying goes that you have to see to believe. Such a statement has no biblical foundation. What the Bible teaches is the opposite: you’ll see if you can believe. When we are expecting to see first before believing, we are demonstrating our fear that the things we crave they are not going to happen. In Mark 5:36, Jesus said to Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue: Do not be afraid; only believe. The Lord says the same words to us every day when we are going through difficult times.

I recognize that it is very difficult to practice what it says Mark 5:36. When we are faced with the uncertainty of waiting, it is likely to feel fear that our prayer is not answered. In our humanity, we recognize at the bottom of our hearts our limitations. So when we see that our capabilities are not sufficient to achieve what we set out, we fear that will not succeed. The natural man certainly is not able to do everything. Nobody has attributes not fail at anything.

When we pray to our Heavenly Father for something, the fear must be replaced by faith. Although we may be unable to achieve the impossible, God Almighty Himself is capable. Therefore, we must recognize that this is not what we can do but what God can do. There is nothing impossible for Him who tells us. “My son, do not be afraid, just believe that I can do it.” 2 Timothy 1:7 says: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

In the context of Mark 5:36, somebody gave Jairus the bad news that his daughter had died; but Jesus told him: Do not be afraid; only believe. When we trust and believe in the promises of God, we practice what it says Psalm 112:7: He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. No matter if you have doctors diagnose you or a loved one have terminal cancer; no matter what the bank tells you that they will seize your house; no matter that it seems as if you’re losing your family, the Lord is saying today what He said to Jairus, Do not be afraid; only believe.

Your heart should be firm, trusting in God. Only in this way you will not be afraid of bad news. Only in this way you will have cleared that your Heavenly Father has the last word. Only then you will believe and not fear. You know that God specializes in the impossible. As Creator of all that exists, His power has no limit. Therefore, He will enforce His promises; we just believe and not fear for the adverse circumstances that seem to put us between the sword and the wall. Trust in God, believing He helps us to remain steadfast in the midst of trial.

God’s love leads us away from fear. 1 John 4:18 says: There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. And perfect love is God, that love so great that mentions John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Believes therefore and do not fear because if you’re in Christ, you have been perfected in His love. God bless you.

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