“But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me” (Mark 5:36, New Living Translation).
Linda and I enjoy watching HGTV programs, and one of our favorites is Property Brothers. In this show, Jonathan, and his brother, Drew, specialize in purchasing and remodeling older homes and turning them into showcases. If you have ever done a remodeling project on an older home, you know that surprises are in store for you—poor construction, leaks, plumbing not up to code, faulty wiring, asbestos and more. In a recent episode of Property Brothers, several of these “remodeling surprises” caught a young couple off-guard. After Drew told this couple of another unexpected repair they would have to spend additional money for, the wife said, “I began this project with excitement. But today I feel so uncertain.”
Have you ever faced a situation that made you feel uncertain, unsure? Are you facing one now? I think many people today would feel that way because I have never seen a time when there is so much uncertainty in people’s lives.
Uncertainty has a way of throwing your life off balance. As you are reading these words you might be dealing with a problem or difficulty in your life that has thrown you into a tailspin and is leaving you feeling boatloads of uncertainty. Let me show you some hope.
The abovementioned Bible verse comes from the experience of man who faced frightful uncertainty in his life. Jairus, a Jewish synagogue official in Jesus’ day, faced an awful crisis—his 12-year-old daughter had died from an illness. The people in Jarius’ life were telling him not to bother Jesus because the situation was hopeless. The girl had died.
But Jesus ignored their comments and spoke words filled with hope: “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.” Might this be God’s Word for you as you face complicated and trying circumstances in your life?
Refuse to Be Submerged in Fear
Did you know that about 150 times the Bible says, “Fear not” or “Don’t be afraid”? Here’s why.
Your fears can paralyze you, cause you to make rash decisions or give you reason to behave with a victim’s mentality. Fear prevents you from seeing opportunities, meeting new people, trying new things, considering a different point of view or stepping outside your comfort zone. Living in fear is not a fun way to live.
The crowd at Jairus’ place had given up. Jairus’ daughter had died, and for the crowd, that was the end of things. But Jesus encouraged Jairus’ with the words, “Trust me.” Jesus, of course, knew what He was about to do, namely, raise this little girl back to life, which He did.
If you trust Jesus with your uncertain situations, will He magically turn them all around and whisk you to a life of ease? No, but He will give you the strength you need to endure. He will give you the wisdom you need to make proper choices. He will give you the guidance you need for making great decisions. He will love you with unconditional love when you cave under the pressure of your uncertainties. So invite Him to help you. Trust His awesome power to work positively in your situation.
A Facebook friend, a young hairdresser in our county, recently posted the words of Psalm 91:14-15. They gave me confidence for facing my troubles. I pray the words from this Psalm will do the same for you, especially as you deal with some uncertainties.
“The Lord says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer. I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them.’”