Day 14

“Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’ Mark 5:36

How has this anxious time of life challenged you in your faith? Take two minutes to write down as many things that come to mind – the ways that your faith has been challenged.

That line from Jesus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Is both a sweet Gospel invitation as well us a hard word of the Law for us to consider. Our faith has without a doubt been challenged, even tested through these anxious times. But the Lord reminds us that He does not tempt us. A testing of our faith is designed to strengthen and draw us closer to Him. A temptation is meant to pull us away. Satan has wanted to use your anxiety and stress to temp you, draw you away from faith. But God invites you rather to believe in Him.

God invites you to draw near to Him in these anxious times, find solace in Him, and assurance that He is still the one in the boat who can calm the wind and the storm, or the one who can raise the dead.