Once God showed me this and it was reinforced recently when I started to read the book of Mark. Do you remember the story of one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jarius, whose daughter was at the point of death? The story is found in Mark 5:22-43. If you read the passage you also find that as Jesus was on His way to the ruler’s house, He met a woman who suffered from a flow of blood for 12 years (vs 25-34).
Now while this was happening, Jarius received news that his daughter had died. He probably would’ve thought that the delay caused by this woman led to this tragedy. But I love what Jesus says next in verse 36:
Overhearing what was being said, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; only keep on believing [in Me and my power].”
Keep on believing. These words struck me hard. And not just in anything but in who He is and His power.
Stay with me, this is not it.
When Jesus saw the tumult outside the house and people wailing, He asked them the reason for their uproar and weeping. Then He continues to say that the girl is not dead and that she is only sleeping. Verse 40 says they laughed and jeered at them. (Wow! The audacity we mortals have sometime) They laughed at Him and Jesus probably expected that and so on seeing their attitude, He put them all outside the house. They got kicked out by Jesus.
Here is what the Lord taught me from this scripture:
- First, we look at our problems with our narrow and limited viewpoint. But God has a totally different perspective. Even in a dead situation He calls us to have faith in Him and His power. Like He said “Keep on believing”.
- Second, we may not always have the right kind of people as our supporters. Some may even try to extinguish our faith by their unbelief. We need to do what Jesus did in this situation and that is to shut them out! Shut the door in their faces and their unbelief.
- Third, surround yourself with people who are willing to encourage and labour with you in prayer. Notice how Jesus only allowed the girl’s parents, Peter, James and John to remain with Him in the room (vs 40).
I think about those who were shut out and how they missed a chance to witness such a miracle that could’ve changed their lives. They missed because they chose unbelief over Jesus. Happens to the best of us sometimes. But that’s where the Holy Spirit steps in and encourages us to hold on. I desperately thank the Father for the Holy Spirit! Also notice how the girl’s parents said not a word in retaliation like the crowd but just believed and obeyed Him.
I’m still working to absorb this in the valley I’m walking. But I’m just glad that He leads me and walks with me in darkness.
I would love to hear your thoughts.