Don't Be Afraid, Just Believe.

Updated: Jan 12, 2020


Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” - Mark 5:36


I used to think that I was invincible, and then one day I got robbed.

Things out of our control happen to all of us, but how we respond to those things is what matters the most.

After freshman year of college, two of my friends and I decided that it would be more cost-efficient for us to move off-campus. So we rented a place that was walking distance from our school.

My friends and I thought we were #winning because we only paid $350 a person to rent a 3-bedroom townhouse. The only issue was that our college was in one of the worst areas of Atlanta, which meant that our place was also in one of the worst areas of Atlanta.

We went an entire semester, though, without anything bad happening and we were convinced that the area wasn't as bad as people said it was.

When our school closed for Christmas break, one of our friends moved in for a week. My roommate from Michigan also had two of her best friends from home come visit and stay with us.

We had a full house.

Since my roommate had friends in town, we wanted to make sure they experienced the Atlanta nightlife. So we decided to go to one of the “hottest” clubs for college students.

I wasn’t fully living for God at the time, so partying was a part of my weekly lifestyle. Those were my BRB (be right back) God years.

Before we left to go to the club, I locked my roommate's dog, Mia, into the bathroom. She wasn't house trained yet, and we didn't want her to make a mess on our carpet while we were gone.

As soon as we pulled up to the club, my roommate got a call from our next-door neighbor.

"Melissa, Mia's outside!"

"Wait, what? Are you sure?" Melissa frantically responded.

This wasn't possible. I locked Mia in the bathroom, so even if she magically got out, there's no way she would be outside.

"I think someone's in your house!"

After our neighbor said that, we all started freaking out. Instead of parking, we made a U-turn and headed back to our house.

When we got there, our door was wide open and we found out that we were robbed.

The people who broke into our house (assuming it was more than one person) stole six laptops from us, flat-screen TVs, iPods, and everything expensive and portable.

They cleaned us out! And we were devastated and scared.

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” - Mark 5:36

In challenging situations, I find comfort in those simple yet powerful words, "Don't be afraid, just believe." Jesus said that to Jairus when he was told that his daughter was dead.

After we were robbed, I had to tell myself not to be afraid and just believe. I was a broke college student and couldn't afford to replace the things I lost — especially my laptop.

But God made a way.

Eventually, my roommates and I got back everything that we were robbed of. The only thing we didn't get back was our trust in that apartment complex. We broke our contract and moved ✌️.

I was thinking about that experience as I was reading the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. If you don't know the story, it's found in Daniel 3.

King Nebuchadnezzar made a giant gold statue and ordered everyone to bow before it. Anyone who disobeyed his order was to be thrown into a blazing hot furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego oversaw the province of Babylon and refused to obey the order. They trusted God with their lives and were willing to be thrown into the furnace for their faith.

They believed that God was able to save them from the furnace. However, in verse 18 they said,

"But even if he does not, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up."

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had spiritual posture. They didn't know if God would save them or not, but that wasn't as important as the fact that God could save them.

As the story goes, God came through for them. It was impossible for the bound men to be loose and walking around, but they were. It was impossible for them not to be consumed by the fire, but they weren’t.

God is the God of the impossible!

Just as someone physically let my roommate's dog loose from being confined in the bathroom, someone physically let Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego loose from their chains.

And there's only one person who could do that, the Son of God. The same personal God who can loosen the chains in a blazing hot furnace is the same God who can loosen you from whatever you're battling.

People may come to rob you of your joy, but God is here to give you joy. Things may happen out of your control, but God is here to comfort you through the fire.

Don't be afraid, just believe.

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- Mags