We have many desires for life. And not just for ourselves, but to also see God’s goodness poured out on those we love. And naturally we cry out to him when what we care for seems in danger. We come desperate for God to protect those things that matter to us. And yet he reminds us in these moments to not be afraid, and only believe.
This is what Jesus told Jairus, the leader of a local synagogue, after Jairus was informed that his young daughter had just died. And at first glance, this wouldn’t seem particularly comforting. But it was his lifeline – not focusing on and becoming distracted by his fear, and rather keeping his eyes on the One with whom all things are possible.
And this is true for us as well. It’s all too easy to be consumed by our fears. Perhaps we live in fear and become afraid of losing our job, not making enough money, the health of our aging parents, or the wellbeing of our kids. Or maybe it’s political drama and global wars that make us more vulnerable to becoming afraid.
To be sure, we usually don’t have to look far to find something we’re afraid of. And like with Jairus, Jesus’ words become our lifeline. Don’t be afraid; only believe.
This is not putting our head in the sand and pretending bad things can’t happen or won’t happen. There are many things we will still have to suffer in this life. But believing is keeping our eyes fixed on the One who is our life. And so we don’t have to fear when the storms come, or even death. Jesus is Truth and Life and his goodness toward us is not dependent on the outcomes in this world.
In the end, don’t let fear consume you and make you afraid when it seems the desires of your heart are in danger. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus – believing that he’s still more than able to perfect all that concerns you.