It was almost 3:00 AM, and I was sitting at my desk in my home office working feverishly. It was the night before a crucial divorce court hearing that would determine the fate of me and my children. I was a nervous wreck. I was so afraid that I would forget some vital evidence, or I would fail to give my attorney some critical piece of information. Jesus was the furthest thing from my mind. In my fear, I had driven Christ right out of my situation. I was acting as if it was all up to me. No wonder I was so scared.
In the Gospels, Jesus reminds us over and over again to not be afraid. Why is that? Because He is trying to get through our thick skulls to trust Him with our lives — all of it. You see, trust drives away fear. And trust is the cornerstone of faith. When we have faith, we make a decision, that in spite of the circumstance, we will trust that there is something much greater than our situation: Jesus.
Faith anchors our lives in the truth that Jesus always stands ready to come to our aid at all times, even when it seems hopeless. We just need to invite Him in. That invitation is an act of faith built on the trust that Jesus meant it when He said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.“*
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.” – Mark 5:36
* Hebrews 13:5
Originally posted 2018-02-22 00:30:47.
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