Friedrich Overbeck – Christ Resurrects the Daughter of Jairus – WGA16795 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here’s Today‘s Devotional from The Vine..
While he was still speaking, they came from the synagogue ruler’s house saying, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?” - Mark 5:35
So it seemed that Jesus had taken too long on the road. To us it may appear that He should not have stopped at all to heal or talk with the woman. The child of Jairus was dying and there was not a moment to lose. Why did the Master not hurry and get to her bedside before she died? When we read the story through to the end, we are glad that He did stop to heal and help the woman. One thing we learn from this encounter is that Jesus is never in a hurry. He is never so tied up in one case that He cannot stop to give attention to another. He is never so pressed for time that we have to wait our turn. No matter what He is doing, He will always instantly hear our cry for need.
A young girl’s idea of God listening to her was that when she began to pray she thought God made all the angels be quiet, saying, “I hear a noise, a little girl’s voice;” and then all the angels kept perfectly still till she said Amen. The angels need not be hushed for God to hear the humblest little one pray.
Another thing we learn from this delay is that Jesus never comes too late. He never waits too long. It certainly seemed that He had taken too long this time. But when we see how it all came out in the end, we know that He made no mistake. True, the child died while He waited; but this only gave Him an opportunity for a greater miracle. He waited so that He could do a more miraculous work. There is always some good reason when Christ seems to delay an answer to our prayers or come to help us. He waits so He may do far more for us in the end. Even “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” So we have another lesson on letting our Lord have His own way with us, even in answering our prayers. He knows best when to answer, and what answer to give.
A growing number of people in our world fail to seek God for His wisdom. Instead, they strive to satisfy their passions and desires without regard to their futures or to the consequences of their decisions.
This is a spiritually dangerous way to live. When we try to live apart from the counsel of God’s wisdom, we suffer disillusionment, fear, doubt, worry, and frustration. Our lives fall apart when we do not involve the Savior in our decisions.
The wisest approach to life’s challenges is to seek God for His plan, direction, and spiritual insight. But how can we do that? The next time you face a challenge or an important decision, seek God’s wisdom by doing the following:
- Seek Him—If you want to know God’s heart on a given issue or when you have to make a difficult decision, ask Him. Take time to pray—but in your times of prayer, don’t do all the talking. Listen for God’s still, small voice whispering His words of guidance and encouragement to you.
- Meditate on God’s Word—You will gain insight into God’s mind and heart by studying Scripture and meditating on its truth. Difficult decisions become easier to make when God is the One guiding you.
- Obey the principles of Scripture—When you set your heart on obeying God, He will teach you how to apply His truth in your life. Then you will know the way of wisdom.
- Observe the faithfulness of God—The Lord has never failed to keep a single promise He has made. The Bible is full of testimonies that celebrate His goodness and love. Learn to claim His promises as you read His Word.
- Heed godly counsel—God can use a pastor or trusted Christian friend to help you see beyond your weaknesses. Don’t hesitate to share your needs and fears with those who love the Lord and you.
- Associate with wise people—Choose your friends wisely. Include God in every relationship, and you will establish a strong, godly base of counselors to support you in making wise decisions.
Because God loves us, we have no need to worry about the future. He has a plan, not only for our lives, but also for every problem we face. Oswald Chambers said, “All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.” Take time today to renew your trust in God and His ability to provide the wisdom you need.
Dr. Charles Stanley
- Trained to Discern (pttyann2.wordpress.com)
- Serenity Prayer Devotions: Wisdom (clayhearts.wordpress.com)