“Don’t be afraid, just trust me!”
Those are encouraging words, don’t you think? To know for sure, isn’t it important to know who is saying those words? If it is from me to my granddaughter to convince her to jump in the pool, I want her to know that her safety is my highest priority. They are words meant to build confidence. If the words were coming from a used car salesman, I would be a little more cautious about the motive behind the words.
But what if these words were coming from Jesus? How would you feel then? What if you just got bad news—a devastating health report, a rejection of the second interview, the check bounced? But Jesus was there; He held your hands, looked into your eyes, penetrated your very being, and told you, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust Me.” Wow—that would change everything. If He told me not to be afraid, to trust Him—if He was right there—I could do that.
A local religious leader’s daughter was very sick. He was scared and did not know what to do, so he pleaded with Jesus to place his hands upon her so she would be healed. Jesus went with him to his house. On the way there, the message came that the girl had died—it was too late; no point in Jesus coming any longer.
But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.”
Those in the home were mourning, but Jesus said the child was not dead, only sleeping. They laughed at Him. In the room, with the girl’s father there, Jesus took her by the hand and said, “Get up, little girl.” She awoke.
Today, let’s take a moment to pray for all those who are broken, who are struggling with something today, who are barely hanging on: Lord, You are right here, right now. Take my hands, let me look into Your eyes, and let me hear You say, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust Me.”
Have a trusting day.