Friday, September 5, 2014

Waiting on Jesus, part 16: believing the unbelievable

While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, "Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore." But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, "Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well." (Luke 8:49-50 NASB)

"Only believe".  It sounds like it should be easy to do, doesn't it? "Don't  waste any more time being afraid, Jairus. Only believe and she will be made well," Jrsus told Jairus. The woman with the hemorrhage was told her faith was the vital part that brought healing. In this instance, the word used is a little different. The word used here is pisteuō. Translated as "believe", it is more than faith in Jesus as the Son of God. It requires entrusting our concern to Him. 

Until this point, Jairus was in charge of the daughter's healing. He had recruited Jesus and was on the way to a cure. Entrusting the daughter's illness to Jesus meant Jairus was no longer making the decisions. Jesus was in charge and Jairus was submitting to whatever Jesus decided. The girl had died. All hope was gone. Why not entrust the situation to Jesus?  

Why not, indeed? What Jairus found was that, at the end of all hope, Jesus was all he had. As it turned out, Jesus was all he needed. We will soon see the amazing way Jesus dealt with the little girl. At the end, it was worth it to trust Jesus. 

It is no less "worth it" to entrust our utterly hopeless situations to Jesus today. Jesus stands willing to help, willing to show Himself strong on our behalf. There is only one requirement. pisteuō. Entrust our situation to the only One who can intervene. 

Are you struggling with a difficult situation?  Is a loved one's predicament of great concern? Perhaps what is needed is pisteuō, entrusting that problem to Jesus. 

For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)
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