Mark 5: 21-42
verse 36: Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”
Jesus had been approached by Jairus, a synagogue ruler, to help with his sick daughter. On the way to the ruler’s home, the crowd is pushing in from all sides, and Jesus stops to ask who had touched his clothes. He stops and speaks to the woman, knowing she has been healed. Just then some men come to tell Jairus his daughter has died- they are too late. About this time I would be ready to strangle anyone who got in my way, if I were Jairus. Jesus has been delayed by the crowd, and now his daughter is dead. But there is no mention in the passage of Jairus’ reaction at this time. Jesus speaks to him, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” How often do I lose faith because things take a turn for the worse? This is the most important time to exercise our faith. I must believe, always, in God’s promises. This is what faith is all about. It is an easy thing to believe in an expected outcome. But Jesus asks us to believe in what we haven’t seen.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Holy Lord, You ask me to have faith, and I will do my best. This takes practice for me, as you know. May my heart be a good home for you. Amen
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