Doubt, fear, anger, stress, a restless heart, etc. are all feelings/emotions that we face as humans. The previous posts this week address such feelings and remind us of how we need to cling to our Savior, our Healer, our Comforter in times of trouble. While reading the posts, I was reminded of the story of Jairus and his daughter. Jairus, a leader in the synagogue and a prominent member in the congregation, was faced with an issue that no parent would ever want to deal with: his daughter was dying. Jairus had every right to worry and to be fearful. His child, whom he loved so dearly was dying, and there was nothing he could do on his own to heal her. His prominent position in society could not bring her back to life. The doctors in the town could find no cure to heal her. The people in the synagogue could not offer any healing for his daughter. Instead, all he could do was have faith – faith in the very Man who had just calmed the storm on the sea, and who had just cured a demoniac.
Jairus knew Jesus was coming into town and stopped what he was doing to meet with Him.
And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”
Mark 5: 22-23
I can only imagine how desperate this father was to find some sort of relief for his dying child. He fell to his knees when he saw Jesus and begged for healing. Jairus, a well respected man in his community, recognized his position in comparison to the Savior, and fell to his knees in humility. He humbly pleaded before the One True Healer and trusted in Him. How often do we as believers, immediately run to Jesus and fall at our knees in full surrender to Him, during times of trouble? He wants to do good for us and He wants to answer our prayers, but we must come humbly at His feet and come believing.
In Jairus’ plea, he made a very profound statement that showed his unwavering faith in Jesus. He said, “and she will live.” He did not leave any room for doubt, but simply trusted that Jesus would heal his daughter. He knew of God’s power and knew exactly what He was going to do. Jairus came to Christ in faith and believed in His promises. How easy is it for us to let the worries of this world take over our hearts and cause us to doubt the promises of our King? Satan does a great job of filling our mind with fear and doubt, causing us to second guess God’s ability to heal the sick, or to solve problems in our lives. Jairus was confident in his understanding of who God was, and trusted in His healing power.
Before Jesus had even reached Jairus’ house, they caught news that his daughter had already passed. Jairus probably felt the weight of the world on his shoulders in that very moment. He may have even felt defeated and hopeless, but instead of saying anything, he looked at Jesus Christ – the only One who could provide comfort in his desperate time of need. Jesus’ immediate response was, “Do not be afraid; only believe.” I can just see Jairus’ eyes light up, and his heart begin to fill with faith again. In that instant, to Jairus, Jesus went from being just a Healer, to an awesome God.
In the end, Jesus did what Jairus believed he would do: He raised his daughter from the dead and gave her life again. I don’t know what struggles you are going through in your life, but I do know that I serve a Savior who hears your every cry. He wants us to not be afraid and to believe. We are to believe that He will take care of the deepest needs in our life.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen”
Let us strive to be like Jairus and come to Christ with humility, and with bold faith – casting our cares upon Him, because He truly cares for us. I echo what my sisters said in their posts, when times get tough: REMEMBER HIM.