May 23, 2023
For Jarius, this request was urgent as it would be for any father. His daughter lay on her deathbed. He was powerless to do anything for her. In a last-ditch attempt to save her life and in utter desperation, he sought out Jesus. When he finally found our Lord, he begged for Jesus to come to his home and heal the girl. If you follow the story, you will realize that Jarius was tested along the way. Instead of a speedy path to his house, Jesus was delayed by a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years. After being healed by touching the garments of Jesus, the woman came forward in fear and trembling. She told Him everything. But this story is not about the woman but about Jarius. He must have been seething, impatient, and thinking something like, “of all the days or times for this woman to bother Jesus” or “I can’t believe this lowly woman is going to ruin everything, forget her troubles Lord, my daughter is more important!” But notice how Jesus addresses the woman. In verse 34, He calls her “daughter.” Could Jesus have been reminding Jarius that He had NOT forgotten about his daughter? Was He reminding Jarius that He is Lord and He is in control of the situation?
Lots of times we come before the Lord with the same type of desperation. We make our requests known to God and we expect a speedy answer. Remember that the Lord always answers our prayers. He answers one of three ways: “yes”, “no”, or “wait”. I fall prey to the same trap because what is the answer we always want? If you said “yes,” then you are a lot like me. We urgently pray for the Lord to intercede in our lives and ask for His will to be done, but what we really mean is we won’t take “no” for an answer. If it isn’t “yes,” then we feel defeated or that the Lord never heard us at all. My encouragement for you today is to go before the throne of grace with your deepest troubles, the ones you are powerless to change, and leave them for your God to handle. Listen to the exhortation of Peter as he tells us to get into the habit of “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
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