In Luke 8:41-56, we see the story of Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, who needed Jesus to come heal his only daughter, who was dying. The situation was bleak. This poor man! He knew where to go, and that was to the Lord. But, Jesus couldn’t go straight there, he got interrupted by a folks touching him for healing, one lady in particular. While Jesus was talking to her, a servant from Jairus’s house came up and gave him bad news. He said, “Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.”
I could just see Jairus standing on a dusty road, waiting on Jesus to come with him. The sun shining down upon him, sweat dripping down his cheeks, he may have wanted to say “Please, Jesus, this an emergency!” But, he didn’t say that. He was holding it together. Then his servant arrives and Jairus turns to look at him. But then, Jesus speaks, and Jairus looks back at Jesus. Jesus said “Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.” Jairus had to decide, will I believe the servant and his bad news? Or will I believe Jesus? As we read on, we see that he believed Jesus. While the girl had, in fact, died, Jesus took care of that! He raised her from the dead! The miracle of bringing her back to life was even greater than healing her! I’ve seen doctors make folks well, but I’ve never seen them bring a dead person back to life!
As I read this story, I saw Jairus’ dilemma on that dusty road. Give up and go home? Or keep believing? Have you read the newspaper (or the internet) lately? Wars, economic collapse, earthquakes, fire, murders….oh (shuddering), it looks bad, doesn’t it? Perhaps you’re facing personal trial. Financial loss? Death of a loved one? Sickness? Loneliness? It’s bad. But, when it looks bad, and your “servant” is telling you, “Don’t trouble Jesus. It’s over.” Look back at Jesus, and believe. If you can’t believe much, just believe a little and ask him to help you with your unbelief.(Mark 9:24)
Don’t look at the “servant” – the Devil, the World, the flesh – Look to Jesus!