Devotion for May 11, 2022

“Some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ they said. ‘Why bother the teacher anymore?’ Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’ He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha koum!’ (which means ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up!’). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.” (Mark 5:35-42)

When you’re trusting God for a miracle, nothing will drag you down faster than unbelief. Plus, it’s impossible to know what God is doing based on how things look on the surface. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). So in order to stay strong, it’s important to fill your mind with the right things: “the best, not the worst; … things to praise” (Philippians 4:8). One pastor writes: “There were times Jesus didn’t allow unbelief around Him, like when He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. When He heard the little girl had died, Jesus told her father, ‘Do not be afraid…only believe’ …” (Mark 5:36).

You can believe, or you can be afraid. You can’t do both; and people who truly believe bypass human reasoning. When Jesus dealt with the spirit of death that day, there was no room for contaminated faith. So when He went to Jairus’ house, “He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter, James and John” (v. 37). He took those who believed in miracles, and when “they came to the house … and … saw … people loudly weeping … He said … ‘Why make a commotion … The child has not died, but is asleep.’ They began laughing at Him. But putting them all outside, He took … the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was … Taking [her] by the hand, He said … ‘Little girl … get up!’ Immediately the girl got up and began to walk.'” (vv. 37-42)

Humanly speaking, your situation may look impossible, but when you throw out the naysayers and the doubters and believe what God says, you’ll get results.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me put out those that only want to hold You back and me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike