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His Move, His Touch

Have faith. Put aside doubt and pick up hope. Believe Him, no matter how it looks to you.

I can only imagine the wave of hurt and anguish that crashed into Jairus. Like a physical blow, Pastor Jairus reels under the impact of his confirmed loss. His only hope now is to flee the crowd before grief drags him under.

36As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe” (Mark 5:36 NKJV).

Jesus took time to minister to the unnamed woman. Now He takes time to minister to Jairus. The message is short but potent: “Grip your faith.”

38Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. 39When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” 40And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying (Mark 5:38-40 NKJV).

The mourners are probably paid professionals, a practice of the time. Still, too quickly, they shift from tears to laughter at Jesus’ profession of faith. Jesus and the Big Three quickly flush these scoffers out of the house.

41Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. 43But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat (Mark 5:41-43 NKJV).

Grief has been transformed to joy by two words. Time, an advancing enemy just a few minutes ago, now passes all too quickly. Jesus has snatched a precious life back from the grave. Pastor and Mrs. Jairus now weep over a warm and breathing daughter.

 

The Lesson(s)

Patience

Jesus knows the situation you’re living in. He knows the heartaches and headaches rampaging through your soul. His healing is on the way. Grip your faith.

Still, the pain and hurt are now. Circumstances seem to conspire to hinder Him. He will arrive is His good timing. Stay the course. Patience is often called “waiting without complaining.”

Easily said. Not so easily done. Know that God will move in your life. Be assured that His Touch will heal the situation.

 

Understanding

Why do you need to pass through the fire? I don’t know. You may never know, before heaven, yourself.

Maybe he’s equipping you to help some one else. He may be burning a weakness out of your soul, or building a strength into your heart. It could be that someone looking on is strengthened by your faithful endurance.

Whatever it is, God is there with you. Wait for His timing.

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Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2017

About the Author: Kirk Wesley Hunt, MBA, is part of Tucson Church International in Tucson Arizona. He is the author of Soldiers Of The Kingdom: Reclaiming the World for God (CadreMen Press, 2002) and Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals for Gospel Champions (CadreMen Press, 2015). He publishes a weekly devotional at: devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

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