A ruler came to Jesus asking Him to heal his child. While asking, the ruler was informed that his child had died. Instead of praying for, encouraging, and consoling him, Jesus told him to not be afraid – but believe! Jesus went to the child where a number of people were mourning and crying over the child’s death. When Jesus proclaimed that the child was not dead, they laughed at Him. One of my greatest struggles is to receive a leading from God and then to step out in faith on that leading. The thought of proclaiming the Word and acting on it brings the fear of what others will say if it does not happen. John 12:42-43 says, “Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.”(NIV) Jesus must have known this fear because He immediately told the ruler not to be afraid, but believe. The encouragement not to fear was not for his child’s death, but for his faith to believe that God was in control. How often do you receive a Word from the Lord or feel His leading but do not act out of fear of what others might think. To do nothing would be the equivalent of what those mourning for the girl did – laugh at the thought that God could change the natural order of events. The next time God leads you to step out in faith, do it! To do otherwise would be to laugh at God and His desire to act in your life.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (NASB)