2007-06-06 / Religion

'Just Believe'

by: Pastor James Scarborough, Donalsonville Assembly of God

Inspiration Inspiration "Just believe." Only two short, simple and familiar words, yet they challenge us to the core when applied to our relationship with God. "Just believe" tests whether we are simply making religious statements or if we are really willing to trust God in every circumstance of life. "Just believe" directs us away from dry religion and points us toward a living relationship with God. "Just believe" causes self to step aside to allow God to do what only He can do in our lives and circumstances. When we encounter the impossible and the hopeless, God gives us possibilities and hope with those two words: "Just believe."

In Mark 5, the story is written about a religious leader, Jairus, who approached Christ with a need that would tear out the heart of any father: "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put Your hands on her so that she will be healed and live"

Mark 5:23, NIV).

As the story continues to unfold, we are told that Christ agreed to go with Jairus to minister to his daughter. But while on the way, the Savior was delayed by another need; during that delay of time a message came that was surely like salt poured on the already wounded heart of Jairus: "While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the Teacher any more?"" (Mark 5:35).

The question: "Why bother the Teacher any more?" threw a challenge into the lap of both Jairus and Christ. For Jairus, it was time to face the decision to either keep his hope in Christ or to give up; for Christ, it was His opportunity to either demonstrate His divine power or walk away as a miserable failure. It was in this setting that Christ responded to a situation that was humanly hopeless with a profound reaction and the utterance of powerful words: "Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe"" (verse 36).

Jairus kept his hope in Christ, and He demonstrated the mighty power of God. As they reached the home of Jairus where his daughter lay dead, Christ took the hand of the little girl and gave the command for her to get up (verses 37-41). What followed surely filled the heart of Jairus with amazement and joy: "Immediately the girl stood up and walked around (she was 12 years old). At this they were completely astonished" (verse 42).

"Just believe" is to place our faith and confidence in God. Faith in God is not just a concept; it is reality that is still effective today in the lives of all who will have the courage to believe Him. Through faith we have what we need to overcome worry and fear. Through faith we have what we need to enable us to ignore the doubts of others and to rise above the discouragement that attempts to infiltrate our hearts. When we "just believe," we become connected to the power of God that is available to intervene in our most trying situations of life.

Perhaps the words that Jesus Christ spoke to Jairus when his world was disintegrating before his eyes are what you need to hear right now: "Don't be afraid; just believe."

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