Day 99: April 9, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 9:18-26 Read Online
Mark 5:21-43 Read Online
Luke 8:40-56 Read Online


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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

“Daughter,” He said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

—Luke 8:48

Faith
by Brian Ball, Member of Brentwood Baptist, Brentwood Campus

Have you been in a place where your circumstances overwhelm you? It could be anything—anything in which you’ve tried everything you know to do but nothing works. Then you turn to Jesus.

Today, we have two powerful stories of faith in just such circumstances.

Think of the faith of Jarius—a ruler in the synagogue and in front of a crowd—falling at the feet of Jesus and imploring Him earnestly to heal his daughter.

Imagine the damage this could’ve done to his image, appealing to this radical teacher to heal his daughter, giving Jesus honor and standing.

Consider the faith of Jarius again as people came from his house with the final pronouncement that his daughter had died. Knowing the fear in Jarius’ heart, Jesus told him, “Don’t fear. Only believe.”

Think of the faith he had to have to walk through the mourners and their ironic laugher when Jesus told them she wasn’t dead but only asleep.

Picture the moment when Jesus took her by the hand and spoke, “Talitha cumi,” and immediately she stood up as her spirit returned.

Think of the faith of the woman bleeding for years, who crushed custom and propriety to reach His garments. She knew His power could heal what nothing else could. She had no one else to turn to. She had nothing left to give. The healing would have to be a gift.

Imagine her faith to come forward and tell the whole truth when Jesus called for who touched Him. Expecting rebuke for making Him unclean, Jesus responded in love, complimenting her faith and telling her to go in “shalom,” or in peace and completeness.

So what circumstance has you trapped? Have you given it to Christ? While He’ll not always take the circumstance from you, and resolution may not happen in your way or your time, He’ll always walk through your circumstance with you.

I’m sure Jairus wasn’t particularly excited when Jesus stopped to find the woman healed. And he was probably less excited when word came that his daughter was dead. But Jesus walked through those moments with him. In the end, He healed them both.

Reflection Questions

  1. What circumstance has you trapped? Do you have the faith to bring it to Jesus? How is Jesus walking through it with you?
  2. Do you tell Jesus the whole truth? Since He already knows, do you trust Him enough to tell him?
  3. All three accounts note that the mourners laughed at Jesus. Do you expect Jesus to do things that the world will laugh at?

About the Author

Brian Ball

Since 2004, Brian has been a member of Brentwood Baptist. He’s been involved in many ministries, including leading and teaching Bible studies and is currently serving as a Trustee.