This bible passage is overwhelming me right now! It’s our son’s 20th and here is why.
Imagine Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue PLEADING with Jesus. A man whom all Jairus co-workers hated. Why was he pleading and pleading fervently my NLT states? Because his daughter was dying. He didn’t care what people thought. What consequences would come from him approaching Jesus? He just wanted his daughter well.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever gone before the holy throne Pleading fervently for some hope, answers, rescue?
We have. But sadly at the time, I wasn’t a believer. I was only going through the motions. Church on Sunday, pray before meals, doing the church motions when needed, but no REAL relationship with Jesus.
Until I had a crisis. My child was dying. My child was in need of healing. I pleaded fervently, but sadly the Bible states in John 9:31 “We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but He is ready to hear those who worship Him and do his will.”
I was a sinner. I am a sinner now. What is the difference to Him hearing my prayers now versus then? The Lord woke me up during that time. He used this crisis to draw me closer to Him. He allowed this time of suffering for our son and us to say, “to Whom do you serve?” I was serving only me. No relationship with Jesus. Not admitting I needed a Savior. Not forgiving ones who hurt me or confessing I am nothing without Him.
Our son did get a miracle. He did survive. But I believe it was not because of my prayers. It was because of the many who were believers. The many who sat and pleated fervently before the Lord as they were worshipping Him and doing His will. Jesus says to Jairus, “don’t be afraid, just have faith.”
Faith is believing. Faith is not just doing the motion and never repenting. Going about our own ways, not God’s ways. Choosing what is best for us, instead of asking the Lord what is best. That is a clear sign of a person not doing God’s will.
Faith is encompassing His word and truth and allowing the truths to make you change not run away, get angry, or worse yet only take what “feels good”.
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1. Another word, faith is trusting full heartily the Lord is in control of the situation and YOU and ME! Faith is letting God do HIS work, HIS way and our job are to let Him and repent.
Jesus healed the young girl just before He met Jairus’ need. Jesus asked for what from the girl? FAITH… that is what made her well.! Now, look at what came next. This was huge for me. Jesus asked ONLY Peter, James, and John to go with Him. Not because they were special, but because they had FAITH and believed this girl was not dead and Jesus was in control. The crowds laughed. But in a few minutes, only believers witnessed the miracle. She was asked by our Savior to get up and she did!
It is only by grace that it took another 3 years before I was reading my bible and the passage consumed my heart. “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 23 But I will reply, I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws. It was at that moment I fell to my knees, and confessed, and cried out, “no more Jesus. I am yours. I repent of my selfish ways. Make me new, and change me.” THREE years AFTER the crisis. What took so long? PRIDE.
I am thankful to this day for 2 things. ONE that He used such a trial to wake me up. I do thank Him now and then for our son getting sick to the point of near death to save me. (another hard thing to do is thank the Lord for a trial, but realizing He will do something amazing in it)
TWO, for the believers who were praying for a miracle. It was there pleading fervently that the Lord heard. Not mine, not my husband (even though he met Jesus a week later in recovery that saved him. It didn’t take him 3 years) But believers.
I know this may seem hard to understand or even for some to be offended. But I believe the bible is true. The WHOLE bible even the parts that are hard to hear or read. The parts that make us realize who we are in Jesus’ eyes. A sinner, in need of a Savior! If you’re offended, I get it. I was there. It is good to be offended like the Pharisee’s were. BUT, don’t continue to be a Pharisee like in the passage in Matt. 7:21…You have the choice to change all of that.
Our son is 22 today. It has been 20 YEARS. He was given a second chance. WE ALL WERE! How amazing is our God!
God loves you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter and open your heart to where to go from here,