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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood

 

Just Trust!

While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?" Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe." (Mark 5:35,36, NIV)

It so often happens. We pray, but the answer we seek is delayed. In the interim, disaster strikes.

It was so here. For Jairus, events unfolded like a slow-motion dream. He had urgently pleaded with Jesus to come to his home because his little 12-year-old daughter was dying. Every good parent can identify with this dad.

But a less urgent need interrupts - the woman with the 12-year bleeding condition. Surely, she could wait an hour longer and catch Jesus at another time. Or, surely the Lord could say to her, "I'm on an emergency call right now, and your need is not quite as pressing. I'll get back to you later."

Instead, Jesus stops. He asks the crowd, "Who touched Me?" and then takes time to speak to the woman. While He goes on talking, death walks into the daughter's bedroom. News comes to Jairus, "It's too late. She's gone."

Evidently Jairus has not given up. He's still "bothering" Jesus. That's why the men who brought him the news tell him, "It's no use. The teacher cannot help you now."

If Jesus is only a teacher, then the case is always hopeless.

Jesus ignores the counsel of those who came from Jairus' house, telling Jairus to believe rather than fear. Fear eviscerates faith - it tells us there is no remedy. It leaves us in despair.

Mark 4:35 through 5:43 records four significant miracles showing Jesus' authority over nature, demons, illness and death. Faith is involved in three of the miracles.

Jesus chastises the disciples after He quiets the storm because they had no faith. The woman with the bleeding condition had great faith, believing that even touching the hem of His garment would cure her. Jairus had come to Jesus in great faith to request a visit to his house, but now his faith is leaking out.

How could he possibly have faith in such a circumstance?

How many times have loving Christian parents lost a child even though they did have faith for healing? How do we explain that what Jesus did for Jairus, the widow's son (Luke 7:11-17), or Lazarus (John 11) is the exception rather than the rule?

What kind of faith is Jesus calling Jairus to demonstrate? The faith He calls you to? Is it not a faith that trusts Him?

What stops faith from leaking is trust. If a loved one I've prayed for lives or dies, I am still called to trust Jesus. There is a resurrection to eternal life that is just around the bend - and that resurrection will be far greater than that experienced by Jairus' daughter, the widow's son or Lazarus, for it will be a resurrection to a glorious new body that never again experiences sickness or death.

Jesus says the exact same thing to you as He said to Jairus. "Trust Me. Don't fear. When I'm done, all will be well."

A prayer in response
My faith so quickly evaporates, Lord, when I am hard-pressed or stumped by the reality of situations I cannot change. Help me, Jesus, to trust You - whether I'm in a storm or facing illness, grief or death. I do trust You.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God

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