03/30/19 – Luke 8:40-9:6; Psalm 71:1-24; Proverbs 12:5-7

Luke 8:  4While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”  50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

Did you notice the very first words Jesus spoke to Jairus when informed of the the death of his daughter ?  It was not “have faith,” “pray,” or “I will come with you.”

No, the very first words of assurance Jesus offered was “do not fear.” You may already know that this is the most commonly repeated phrase in the entire Bible.  And as I read today’s reading from Psalm 71 I see why we should not fear — God will always be in a believer’s life:

Psalm 71

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
    turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
    to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.

 

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