Do you remember the WWJD bracelets that were all the rage in the 1990s? A very popular fashion item at the time, both men and women wore them—all in the hopes that the bracelet on their wrist would help them remember to emulate Jesus.
You’re stuck in traffic: what would Jesus do? He’d wait patiently.
Your child throws food across the table: what would Jesus do? He’d pick it up and sit down again.
Your air conditioning breaks down: what would Jesus do? He’d turn on the fan and go to sleep.
You’re about to be killed on the cross: what would Jesus do? Actually … He’d be scared.
Just like us, Jesus felt the angst that comes with accepting God’s will. When he faced his greatest challenge, he fell to his knees and said:
"Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42)
But what’s amazing is that, despite his fear, he accepts what God is sending his way. He believes. So, if we try that again, it would be:
You’re about to be killed on the cross: what would Jesus do? Actually … He’d be scared, but he’d believe and walk on.
Not feeling afraid is hard for all of us. We’re human, after all. And Jesus was human, too. That’s why the Bible says some version of “don’t be afraid” over 300 times. Fear is a big thing for all of us, so we need the constant reminders to believe despite our fear.
Most of us think of God as The Great Problem Solver, but maybe we should switch to The One Who Knows Best. We will never understand why, but we can accept what is. To do that, pray for acceptance—for belief, instead of fear.