Almost two weeks ago now I blogged about not fearing what you don’t yet understand. Going along with this theme, I talked about being out of control and how we really cannot be in control of everything (really anything!) in our lives.
365 days free from fear is really becoming a journey to understanding more and more that no one in the Bible really understood God and His ways and methods of working things out. I think this is a lot of where we are as well. God reminds us through the prophet Isaiah that “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Basically, it totally makes sense that we don’t understand why things happen, how they happen, when they happen, etc.
There is this dad in the Bible who experienced one of these times firsthand. He had gone to Jesus to try to get help from Him, but Jesus had taken too long to get there. The man’s daughter was on her deathbed. But, on the way to her, the man receives word from one of his servants that the daughter is dead. Having received that news, the dad thinks now that all is lost and Jesus shouldn’t be bothered by his request anymore. Instead, Jesus responds in Mark 5:36:
“But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.'”
The man’s daughter is gone and he had tried everything he could. It wasn’t enough. He had lost his daughter. He gave up and considered all hope lost at this point. But Jesus told him not to be afraid. The father did not need to be afraid of what he did not yet understand, he simply had to believe in Jesus and believe in the power of God.
The same is true for you and for me. When we are overwhelmed, afraid, stressed, anxious, freaking out, overworked, lacking sleep, pulling our hair out, we should remember Jesus and trust in Him. We should turn to Him and take our focus off of our situations and place our eyes on our Savior, gracious Redeemer, mercy-giving Lord, and Heavenly Father.
Because of what Jesus has done we can live a life free from fear and full of belief in Him. We can read the promises of Jesus in the Bible and believe that He will fulfill them. In fact, 2 Corinthians 1:20 says that all the promises of God find their yes in Christ. Jesus Christ fulfills the promises of God. We can claim those promises, especially in our fear and insecurity and self-centered focus.
So after reading this, you will go back to doing what you had been doing, you will go back to whatever “normal” life looks like for you. But as you go, take with you a new perspective. A perspective laden with the reality that no matter what, you can trust and believe in Jesus. First, for salvation from your sins. And second, to fulfill all the promises God makes in His Word. I hope and pray this encourages you.