While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” (Luke 8:49-50)
(44/365 days of Fear Not)
It’s one thing to say that God’s ways are not our ways and that God’s timing is perfect, but it’s another thing altogether to believe those ideas.
Not only to believe them, but to trust them. To hold on to them when life throws its worst at you.
Because more often than not that’s exactly what faiths asks us to do. Especially in the moments that cause us to tremble with genuine fear and uncertainty.
This is what Jesus asks of us, actually demands of us, if we are going to follow Him and trust Him instead of the world.
Faith and fear cannot exist simultaneously in our conscious mind. We will either be afraid or we will trust God and take Him at His word. And, always, despite what reality tells us or what circumstances indicate or what others seem to know, faith is always the better option.
That doesn’t mean it’s always the easiest option. Even so, trusting Jesus is always the best option. That’s what Jairus did, isn’t it?
Even though someone came from his house with the news that his daughter had died.
Even though someone had more information than Jairus did.
Even though someone told him to give up, that it was too late.
And Jesus responded. He responded in the face of laughter and unbelief from those who thought they knew the truth. Those who thought they knew more than He did. How easy would it have been for Jairus to give up and give in to his fear and his pain?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve responded that way. Responded toward Jesus as if He weren’t God and as if He didn’t know the future, my future.
I’ve questioned. I’ve doubted. I’ve been afraid.
But I’ve also been like Jairus. And Jesus responded similarly because He has always been faithful.
His ways are almost never what I would do; they’re better. Isn’t that good news?
His timing is perfect. Though I usually don’t see that until much farther down the path, He is never late or delayed. Not according to His plans for me.
He trusted even though everything said it didn’t make sense.
And, then, Jairus stood beside Jesus as He took the girl’s hand and told her to get up from the bed. Jairus received his daughter back. He received a miracle.
We don’t all get the kind of miracle that Jairus got, but God still offers us His faithfulness and His presence. He still invites us to trust Him and to stand beside Him as He works all the things in our life together for good if we love Him and are called according to His purposes.
God sees you in your struggle. He sees the world telling you its version of reality and truth. He knows your doubt and your fear.
And He’s inviting you to trust Him.