Saturday 12 March, 2016

Luke 8:40-55

40 Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. 41 Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, 42 for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, who was dying. As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. 43 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians,[a] no one could cure her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. 45 Then Jesus asked, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter[b] said, “Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.” 46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.” 47 When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. 48 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” 49 While he was still speaking, someone came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the teacher any longer.” 50 When Jesus heard this, he replied, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.” 51 When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except Peter, John, and James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 They were all weeping and wailing for her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” 53 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he directed them to give her something to eat.

Through the reading of this passage this morning, God has spoken profoundly to me about the notion of trusting Him with his timing.

In this passage we see a woman who had been suffering physically and socially for many years healed. One could ask -“why did God allow her to suffer so long?”

Then we see a girl who has a dad who cares about her deeply. He races to the one place he knows can help – Jesus.

But hang on. Jesus was too slow to save her life and she dies. What took him so long?

Of course both of these stories have happy endings, but there was a period of pain as well.

This is where I can get stuck. I get fixed on the time before the breakthrough and in this, I can quench my own faith for release and healing.

Lord, give me faith where I fall short in my trust and belief in Your timing.   Amen

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

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