Friday, August 2, 2013

Just Believe, Just Have Faith

Just Believe, Just Have Faith was written on June 26, and July 12, 2009.  One day, during my bible reading in Mark 5 22-24, 36-42, I was just struck by a statement that Jesus said to a distraught father.

Here's the story:

Jairus, a ruler in a synagogue was very troubled. He approached Jesus and literally fell at his feet begging him to come to his home and heal his precious daughter. Jairus daughter was so ill that he fear she would die if she didn't have some kind of help-and soon.

Well, Jesus was very popular, and everywhere he want multitudes of people followed him seeking the miracles that he did. On his way to Jairus house, he was stopped by a woman who needed healing and the people thronged him so much it was hard to even move!

It wasn't long before someone came from the house and told Jairus: "Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?"

When Jesus heard what was said he told Jairus to:  "Be not afraid, only believe."

They then arrived at the house, people were crying and mourning the lose of such a young girl-she was only 12 years old, but nothing is too hard for God. Jesus basically told them so and they laughed at him. Because of their unbelief Jesus had those people removed from the house and then preformed his miracle.

He girl back from the dead and I'm sure that after an experience like that Jairus's family faithfully testified to all of God's mercy and grace. I wonder at the people who were told to leave-they missed out on a once in a lifetime miracle.

When we have a time in our lives where we are distraught we will often turn to the Lord. Then our hopes or dreams or desires seem to fizzle out and die. We begin to sadly and dejectedly, walk away and figure, "Oh, well. It wasn't meant to be."

I imagine that in those moments the Lord turns and looks at us and says, "Just believe, just have faith. It's coming. It's just not in your time that it will happen."

It's so easy for our discouraged response to then be, "But Lord, it's too late! You can't bring something back once the moment has passed. My greatest desire has died!"

God then still looks at us and gently reminds us, "Is anything too hard for God? I created all you see around you. I've brought the dead back to life. Given the blind their sight back. I've even brought water out of a rock. If I can do that, then I can come through for you."

There may even be times where people laugh at your faith and belief that God will come through for us, but sadly they will be the ones to miss out on how God is going to work for you.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1 
 God is still the God of the bible.  He's still the God who came through for you the last time you needed it and He loves you so much He'll do it again!  Just hang in there a little longer and keep on believing!

Ps. There are two spots where you may hear a little jingling-my dog had an itch that couldn't wait until after recording the song-I tried recording a few other times, but she still kept jingling-so she added her little bit to this song!