Monday, August 25, 2014

Mark 5:36

Mark 5:36 - Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

In this story we see a father on the edge of losing his daughter. Jairus was a synagogue ruler and a man of importance, but none of that mattered right now. His daughter was sick and there was nothing that they could do for her. Having four children of my own I don’t even want to imagine what he was going through at this time. Anger, frustration, confusion, sadness, hopelessness; a whirlwind of emotion inside him.
Then news of Jesus came to him. Jesus was healing the sick and doing amazing things. With all others avenues exhausted, Jairus knew that he had to get to Jesus. His daughters life depended on it.
He got to Jesus as fast as he possibly could and told Him his story. Jesus agreed to come with Him. On the road back to his daughter Jairus received some bad news. Some of his men came and told him that there was no point in bothering Jesus any longer, because his daughter was dead.
Before Jairus could process what he had just heard Jesus stepped in. He completely ignored these men and looked at Jairus and told him, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.” As the story continues we see Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter, despite the negative voices that are around them.
There are many times in our lives when we need to have faith for something. It could be for healing or finances or just direction in life. Whatever it is, we are believing for it. Then the other voices come in. These voices tell us that whatever we are believing for won’t happen. Sometimes these voices are in our heads, and other times they come from those around us.
Wherever they come from, they need to be silenced. We must ignore them and look to what God has already told us. There will always be someone trying to tell us that we will not make it; that we are going to fail. Stand firm in what God has told you and just believe.

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