I came across this verse in Mark 5 this morning, and I was both encouraged and challenged by it:
Jesus makes it sound so simple! “Only believe,” He says. However, like I said in my post from yesterday, “simple” and “easy” are not the same thing. “Believe” and “Do not be afraid” are simple and straightforward commands, but they are far from easy.
What I have come to realize, though, is that these are not suggestions by Jesus – they are specific commands:
- Do not be afraid; and
Again, simple – but not easy.
But if Jesus directs us to do these two things, then they must be possible. It must be possible to go through life without fear, and believe that He will do just as He has promised. If such a life is possible, then I should intentionally seek after it, right?
Sometimes, I want to make my Christian walk bit more complicated than it needs to be. I’m realizing that Jesus doesn’t ask for much – that I not be fearful, and instead choose to trust Him in all areas of my life.
I’m amazed that God will take such mustard-seed-sized faith and work wonders with it! I don’t have to be a Bible scholar or fill my life with a bunch of good works; these things are beneficial, but they are not essential for growth in my relationship with the Lord. What is essential? Simple – I need to not be afraid, and believe snd trust Him to take care of me.
So here’s my prayer for today – it’s simple and straightforward, but not necessarily easy. I’m quoting Mark 9:24b (NASB) for my prayer:
“I do believe; help my unbelief.”
Help my unbelief, Lord! And help me to not let fear become a stronghold of my life. Thank You for reminding me that the path to intimacy with You is simple, but not easy – all You require is for me to believe in You, and to fear no one but You. Forgive me when I try to make things more complicated than they really need to be! In Your name I pray, Amen.