Given January 6, 2009
“Fear not, believe only.” Jesus spoke these words to the synagogue ruler Jairus when messengers brought news of his daughter’s death, Mark 5:36. He’s saying the same thing to us now. During this time of economic distress, many of us are in a position to be fearful; it’s hard to avoid. Maybe your financial situation is in jeopardy because of cutbacks at work, you or a loved one is sick in their body, or a relationship is crumbling. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Jesus is saying, “Don’t be afraid!”
I am the interim director of a federally-funded workforce development facility whose funding is running out before the end of the fiscal year; an opportunity to fear. As a leader, I’ve let everyone know I depend on God and believe He’s in control. But as people look to me for leadership, if I let them see me fearful, it looks bad on God. You know what I mean? Fear not, believe only! Peter tells us, “Cast your care on Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7. If you turn over your anxiety to someone who can take care of it, someone you trust, you don’t need to worry. Fear not, believe only!
If you’re in a situation that seems impossible, remember this: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” Psalm 23:4. What appears to be dark and scary is only a shadow and the all-powerful God is walking with you. Fear not! And, keep walking. You and God will come out of it.