March 16

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 33:1-34:3; Psalms 83:1-84:12; Acts 20:1-16

But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” Mark 5:36

Jairus had just learned that his beloved daughter had died. Instantly the Lord Jesus offered sympathy: “Do not fear, only believe.” What was the man afraid of? Were his fears physical? Emotional? Spiritual? Whatever they may have been, the Lord counseled him to believe—literally to “place his confidence” in the Lord Jesus. Perhaps you are sorrowing today. Is your heart aching over the death of a loved one? Does the future fill you with anxiety? Regardless of what your fears are, follow the Lord’s advice and put your confidence in Him. —L. Shatford

No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you; Lean,
weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you. —C. D. Martin