Friday, February 26, 2010

Stretch Your Faith

It can be a challenge

Mark 5:22-24 Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at His feet, pleading fervently with Him. "My little daughter is dying," he said. "Please come and lay Your hands on her; heal her so she can live." Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around Him.

Mark 5:35-43 Messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, "Your daughter is dead. There's no use troubling the Teacher now." 36 But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid. Just have faith." 37 Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn't let anyone go with Him except Peter, James, and John (the brother of James).

38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. 39 He went inside and asked, "Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn't dead; she's only asleep." 40 The crowd laughed at Him. But He made them all leave, and He took the girl's father and mother and His three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. 41 Holding her hand, He said to her, "Talitha koum," which means "Little girl, get up!" 42 And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed. 43 Jesus gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what had happened, and then He told them to give her something to eat.

Most of the established religious leaders of this era were against Jesus, they wouldn't think of asking him to perform a miracle, if they asked him for anything it would certainly be a trap that they had devised. Jairus came to Jesus with a request that demonstrated that he had faith, he spoke with confidence when he asked Jesus to come and take care of his daughter, he was sure that he could heal her and keep her from death.

If you read all of Mark chapter five, you will see that Jesus is delayed on the road to Jairus' house, can you imagine what Jairus was thinking about as he waited for Jesus to continue the walk back to his house where his dying daughter was, any of us would have felt the same way.

The delay was an opportunity for Jesus to demonstrate his power, at this point in his ministry he had not brought anybody back from the dead.

The delay was an opportunity for Jairus to prove his faith. Originally he had the faith that his daughter could have her health restored but now he had to continue a little further in his faith and believe that Jesus was going to bring her back to life.

Sometimes God tests our faith capacity, sometimes when we have already trusted in him for something small, a bigger problem comes along and we have to decide if the faith that got us this far is going to be strong enough to take us a little further than we thought that we would have to go.
I pray Lord that I will keep the faith no matter what, even in the waiting when it seems that faith isn't bringing any "rewards" I still need to wait patiently for you.