A guy sat on the floor of his room holding a mug of tea

Word For You

Jairus (4)

21 July 2018
‘“Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”’

While Jairus was asking Jesus to come and heal his daughter, someone came to him and said ‘Your daughter is dead…Don’t bother the teacher anymore.’ But Jesus responded: “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” Jairus was given two conflicting voices to listen to. Would he listen to the human voice telling him that all hope was lost, that he shouldn’t be bothering Jesus anymore, that there was nothing more that could be done. Or would he listen to Jesus’ voice telling him to have faith, that there was still time for a miracle? We can have the same conflict in our situations too. When things in our lives seem beyond healing, beyond fixing and beyond possible, will we listen to the voice that tells us to stop hoping and stop praying for God to move? Or will we listen to God’s voice telling us to believe that He can do the impossible. Even when things seem dead in our lives, He can bring new life. Ezekiel was given a prophecy of dry bones in a valley rising up again, and God breathing His Spirit into them (have a read of Ezekiel 37 for the whole story). And He can raise things in our lives too. We don’t have to feel like we’re ‘bothering’ God with our problems. He’s always willing to listen to our prayers, He even asks us to ‘pray continually’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NIV). We can turn to Him first with all our problems, even when a resolution seems beyond what’s possible. So, in our situations, when we’re hearing ‘don’t bother the teacher anymore’, we need to listen to the voice of Jesus saying to us ‘don’t be afraid; just believe’.


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