Today’s Bible Verse
“Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.’ So Jesus went with him…”Mark 5:21
Jairus believed that if Jesus laid his hands on his daughter, she would be healed! The amazing thing is Jesus went with Jairus. In some instances, we see people who needed Jesus to speak the word. In other instances, others believed their healing would come through reaching out and touching Jesus’ garment. We all have faith to meet the challenges of our day, and Jesus will always meet us at the level of our faith. We don’t have to conjure up faith to an artificial level. Jesus is always pleased when we believe in Him.
Maybe, like Jairus, we started off in faith believing that if Jesus would touch the situation, it would be well, but it seems the situation has gone from bad to worse. Jairus learns that his daughter is no longer sick, but she had died.
Jesus’ response to Jairus is His response to us.
“As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, ‘DO NOT BE AFRAID; ONLY BELIEVE’” (Mark 5:36).
Jesus told Jairus to not allow the fear, the despair, and the hopelessness to come in. Jairus might have had emotions screaming out to him, yet Jesus had the answer—don’t be afraid, instead, “BELIEVE!” Jairus had to choose faith instead of fear.
Something To Think About
This is a testimony from a leader in our church, Robert Barney. “In late 2018, the Lord told me it was time to retire from the military, so naturally I asked where. The “where” was confirmed by my wife Vanessa, as well as Pastor Kuna…Hawaii. I prayed and asked the Lord for favor in finding the job He wanted me to have, one that would allow me to provide for my family and one that I would love.”
“I began receiving several job offers over the next few months, but none fit what I was believing God for. Several months had passed as I prepared for retirement, and I had not yet committed to any offer. With time winding down (according to me at least) and my family’s wellbeing weighing on my mind, I slowly began to consider settling for one of the jobs I had no real interest in. I also begrudgingly considered a few other changes that would affect my family’s way of life. However, there was absolutely no peace in moving forward in that mindset.”
“One day after devotions, the Holy Spirit, through my wife, clearly said ‘Do not to settle; only believe.’ This was particularly challenging to me due to my “planner and provider” mentality. However, there was great peace in that moment, so I chose to obey, believe, and let God do what a Good Father would do; then it happened.”
“As I was navigating through the remaining days and weeks of retirement preparations, I received a phone call from an acquaintance I had helped over 8 years ago. We hadn’t talked to in over 4 years. After sharing that I was retiring, he emphatically asked that I do not accept any of the previous job offers given me and to seriously consider accepting the offer he was about to propose. The offer was in an organization I had dreamed of serving in, and the position offered paid substantially above and beyond what I had prayed for. Moreover, a few weeks after I accepted the job, I was offered another five figures above what I was originally offered. God orchestrated it all!” (Jonathan Vasquez)
I refuse to fear. I only believe. Nothing is impossible with God.
Today’s Bible Reading
- Old Testament: Daniel 3-4; Job 19
- New Testament: John 12:37-50; 2 John 1:1-13