‘Jairus, a leader of the local synagogue, came and fell at Jesus’ feet.’ Luke 8:41 NLT
Jairus enjoyed the social status of a mayor or bishop. But when your child is in a crisis, all the celebrity status in the world won’t help you. And Jairus wasn’t the only parent to run to Jesus when trouble came knocking on the door of their home. A mother hurried into a Canaanite town, crying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.’ (Matthew 15:22 NLT) The father of a seizure-tormented boy also sought help from the disciples. When they failed to provide it, he turned to Jesus. In tears, he said, ‘Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!’ (Mark 9:24 NKJV) In each case Jesus responded. He never turned one away. And He won’t turn you away either! After all, your kids were His kids first. The psalmist said, ‘Children are a gift from the Lord…’ (Psalm 127:3 NLT) Next to the gift of salvation, your children are ‘God’s best gift’ to you. And even though they are yours, they are still His. And what He owns, He protects and provides for. Like the Prodigal Son, they may have broken every one of God’s laws and broken your heart. But your prayers are what give God an invitation and an entry point back into their lives. The love of the father that drew the Prodigal back home, will bring your wayward child back too. What Jesus said to Jairus, He is saying to you today: ‘Don’t be afraid. Just have faith, and [he] she will be healed.’ (Luke 8:50 NLT)
SoulFood: 2 Sam 14:21–17:13, Lk 7:36–50, Ps 118:19–29, Prov 18:10–12
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018
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