There is an amazing story in the book of Luke that I’d like to highlight today. Chapter eight tells us the story of Jairus, a synagogue ruler whose daughter was near death. Jairus begged Jesus to come and heal her. On the way to Jairus’ house, there were delays. Crowds thronged Jesus. The woman with the issue of blood was healed. Before the group made it to the house of Jairus, someone came with bad news for Jairus:
“Your daughter has died before help could arrive.”
One of my favorite interactions in the Bible happens next.
Jesus, hearing the news, looks at Jairus and says, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”
At that point, Jairus has a decision to make. Does he go with the emotion that was without a doubt pulling at him to despair? Does he give up on the “crazy” notion that Jesus can do anything about this?
Jairus reacts in a way that ends up releasing a miracle: he simply keeps walking!
When they arrive at Jairus’ home, the funeral process has already begun. People are weeping and mourning and rightfully so. But, Jesus enters and says this to all who are mourning:
“Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.”
Jesus confronts the reaction of the people just as He did when the news of death first came to Jairus. He tells them that their reaction to what is happening does not match the word of God about the situation.
If you are in a tough situation today, listen to this.
Don’t despair if your miracle is a product of process instead of an instantaneous manifestation. Jairus’ miracle required him to keep walking with Jesus and trusting Him even if the news regarding his situation got worse along the way. If Jesus is with you, the miracle is still at work! Keep walking with Jesus!
Don’t allow your reaction or emotions contradict God’s word about the situation. This is not necessarily going to stop your miracle. It didn’t in Jairus’ case when the people ridiculed Jesus’ comments about Jairus’ daughter not being dead. But, our reactions do say something about what we believe is going to happen. What do you believe about your situation? Does it match the Word of God?
Verse 54 of chapter eight tells us that Jesus put everyone outside who didn’t believe He could do a miracle. They didn’t get to see it when it happened! You don’t want to be “outside” when Jesus does the miracle. Have faith and you’ll be right there when it happens!
Learn from the miracle of Jairus. Don’t despair if your miracle is a process. Don’t allow your emotions to contradict God’s word. Don’t allow doubt for the impossible cause you to be absent when the miracle occurs.
Keep walking and you’ll get to your miracle!