Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 3, 2016
By Tripp Prince
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:35-36
Of all the things that burden us and weigh on our souls, sickness and suffering in the lives of those we love is likely at the top of the list. Is there any greater trial than to observe a loved one in pain and yet be entirely helpless to bring them relief and rest? Though we do all that we can to comfort and console, we reach a point of exhaustion, desperation, and helplessness. This is exactly the sort of person Jesus encounters in Mark 5.
Jairus, we are told in verse 22, was “one of the rulers of the synagogue,” clearly a man of personal means and great influence. When his daughter fell gravely ill, he certainly would have secured for her the best care in the entire region, sparing no expense. Yet in spite of this, we find him begging and pleading with the Lord Jesus for his daughter to be made well. He was, as we say, at the end of his rope. Or so he thought.
As our story unfolds, we see the situation go from bad to worse as the last light of hope goes out, with word reaching the man that his daughter had already died. In light of this tragic news, as the messengers say, “why bother the teacher anymore?” When all hope is lost, why continue to pursue Jesus? Jesus’ response to this question invites us deeper into the mystery of God’s love, nature, and power.
To follow Jesus is to believe that there is never a time, moment, or situation in which all hope is lost.
Even when staring death in the face, we must learn to hear the words of Jesus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” We must remember that we serve a God who is Lord of heaven and earth, in whose hand “is the life of every living thing.” (Job 12:10) We must believe that the God who defeated death on the cross is powerful enough to bring hope and healing to the darkest and most painful moments of life, even when all hope seems to be lost.
Do we seek Jesus in prayer only for the things that seem likely to be answered, or are you and I willing to learn from this story and continue to open ourselves up to God’s plan and power even when it is beyond what we can see or understand?
Take whatever weighs heavy on your heart today to the Lord in prayer, and find comfort and peace for your soul. Do not be afraid. The Lord is with you and will never abandon you, and in light of the resurrection we know that a day is coming when all shall be made well. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
PrayerFather, give us the faith to receive your perfect love which casts out all fear, trusting that you are always with us and will bring your peace and comfort into the places of our greatest need.
ApplicationHow can you persistently seek the Lord in prayer and intercession, even when all hope seems to be lost?
Related ReadingPsalm 9:10, 37:5; Proverbs 15:29; Matthew 5:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:16
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YES! Thank you! I was becoming obsessed with this election! Very unhealthy. I was led to pray, often, “Thy will be done, and conform my will to Yours.” Eventually the Lord gave me an incredible peace and a warm sense of well being.
Now, at the 11th hour with such a cockamamie batch of twists, Crazy things are happening that give such an amazing sense of hope. No matter how it works out, our powerful, IN CHARGE God will make it work! My gratitude is HUGE!
This is tremendous , so me today
Thank you for reaching out to us. You are SO RIGHT “No matter how it works out, our powerful, IN CHARGE God will make it work!” Beautifully said!
I write this to you on election day and I am thankful that Tripp reminded us in the devotional: “We must remember that we serve a God who is Lord of heaven and earth, in whose hand ‘is the life of every living thing.” Amen and Amen…
We are thankful that you are part of the Wisdom Hunter’s family and look forward to hearing from you again soon.
May God bless you,
“For do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Thank you for taking the time to contact us after reading “Don’t Be Afraid”. We are thankful you were blessed by the devotional and give all the glory to God!
Don’t you just love it when He speaks to us at just the right time (His Perfect Timing) through His Word, people, devotionals and circumstances? It never ceases to amaze me! Praise Him!
Tripp reminds us of that Peace and Comfort that can only come from Him when he stated. “We must remember that we serve a God who is Lord of heaven and earth, in whose hand ‘is the life of every living thing’. (Job12:10) We must believe that the God that defeated death on the cross is powerful enough to bring hope and healing to the darkest and most painful moments of life, even when all hope seems to be lost.”
Gracious, Elizabeth, “tremendous” is the perfect word!
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
You are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
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