‘Her spirit returned, and she arose… And her parents were astonished.’ Luke 8:55–56 NKJV
You can do your very best for your children, and still stand where Jairus stood. You can love them, protect them, and pray for them, and still find yourself in an emergency ward at midnight or a drug rehab clinic during visitor’s hours choosing between two voices: despair and belief.
Who would have faulted Jairus for giving up? When he first went to Jesus, his daughter was critically ill but still alive. Then while he was talking to Jesus, word arrived: ‘Your daughter is dead.’ (Luke 8:49 NLT) In that moment Jesus looked at Jairus and said, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed.’ (Luke 8:50 NLT) Whether stopping the child’s sickness in its tracks, or raising her from the dead, Jesus was the answer to Jairus’ problem. And He is the answer to your family problem too. Notice two things Jesus did:
(1) He dismissed those who mourned, but had no faith (see Luke 8:51). Be careful who you let get close to you, especially in times of crisis.
(2) He united the parents in faith. ‘When Jesus went to the house, He let only Peter, John, James, and the girl’s father and mother go inside with Him.’ (Luke 8:51 NCV) At that point He ‘took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately… And her parents were astonished.’ (Luke 8:54–56 NKJV) When you pray and put your faith in Christ, He can do things in your family that will amaze you!
SoulFood: 2 Sam 20:1–22:30, Lk 8:16–25, Ps 133, Prov 18:17–20
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023