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Trusting Faith

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Reading: Mark 5: 21-24 and 35-43

Verse 23: “Please come and put your hands on my daughter so that she will be healed and live”.

In today’s reading a desperate father comes to Jesus. He falls at Jesus’ feet and begs Him to see his dying daughter. As a parent, I would do almost anything for my children. I think most parents fall into this mindset. We would give up much or do anything in our power to save our children from suffering and hardship.

Jarius is certainly willing to risk for his daughter. As the ruler of the synagogue, he is aligned with the powers that be. These powers, the Pharisees and Herodians, have already clashed with Jesus and have begun to plot His demise. Risking his position in the synagogue and within the powers that be, Jarius goes to Jesus. His daughter is dying. Jarius meets Jesus and falls at his feet. He begs Jesus, saying, “Please come and put your hands on my daughter so that she will be healed and live”. His daughter is dying. The time is short. He is desperate. Jesus is his last resort.

We are often like Jarius. We come to Jesus when we feel as if He were our last resort, when time has about run out, when we are desperate. We first try and do it on our own. Then we turn to “experts” next. We only turn to our faith when the end is near. Then we expect an instant solution, a quick fix. We can be sure that Jarius had a sense of urgency about his request. When he begged Jesus to come, “now” was certainly implied.

This is often our mindset when we pray. Jesus, answer my prayer now. Answer it how I want it answered. Now. Do what I want right now! We are not good at waiting. We do not do well waiting patiently for God’s will to be revealed. Perhaps if we started praying first…

Just as Jesus is finishing His conversation that interrupted the trip to Jarius’ home, Jarius receives some bad news – your daughter is dead. Immediately Jesus offers hope: “Don’t be afraid; just believe”. He is saying, keep the faith Jarius. Hold onto your faith. Turn your desperate faith into trusting faith. Believe. Allow your faith to be real. I cannot imagine what was going through Jarius’ mind as they walked to his house and then into his daughter’s room. This is how we must walk sometimes too: unsure but trusting in Jesus anyway. Like Jarius, may we walk in trusting faith, believing in God’s plan.

2 thoughts on “Trusting Faith

  1. HAVING A DAUGHTER WITH 4TH STAGE CANCER, I CAN TRULY UNDERSTAND THIS FATHER.
    I WOULD TRADE PLACES IN A HEART BEAT, I HAVE CRYED AND TALKED TO GOD.
    THEN HE TOLD ME , THERE A HEALING MORE IMPORANT, THEN THE HEALING OF A BODY,
    ITS THE HEALING OF OUR SOUL.
    I LOVE MY DAUGHTER MORE THEN MY LIFE, GOD KNOWS, GOD KNOWS MY HEART. HE KNOWS EVERYTHING I THINK . HE KNOWS.

    I BELIEVE CANCERS MAKES SO MUCH MONEY TO THE DRUG COMPANIES THAT THEY DONT WANT PEOPLE HEAL. .
    WITH GOD HELP, DETERMINE TO RISE ABOVE MY HURT AND PAINE I MAY EXPERIENCING AND TURN TO PRAISE HIS NAME. I LOVE YOU LORD.

    NO ONE EVER CARES FOR ME LIKE JESUS,
    I WOULD LOVE TO TELL YOU WHAT I THINK OF JESUS, SINCE I FOUND IN HIM A FRIEND SO STRONG AND TRUE,

    I WOULD TELL YOU HOW HE CHANGE MY LIFE COMPLETLY HE DID SOMETHING NO OTHER FRIEND COULD DO.

    NO ONE EVER CARE FOR ME AS JESUS, THERE NO OTHER FRIEND SO KIND AS HE , NO OTHER ELES COULD TAKE DARKNEXS FROM ME, O HOW MUCH HE CARE FOR ME.

    SAVE BY GRACE,
    VICTORY IN JESUS

    IN ALL THINGS, ALL PAIN, WE STILL HAVE JESUS WHO LOVES US.

    • Only through His grace and love. I’d trade in a heartbeat too if it were my son or daughter. But thanks be to God that all who believe will find the ultimate healing as we are made into new creations. Prayers for you and your daughter in her earthly struggle. 🛐

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