Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine..
Behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came; and seeing him, he fell at his feet, and begged him much, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Please come and lay your hands on her, that she may be made healthy, and live.” – Mark 5:22-23
There is nothing like trouble to drive people to Christ. When things go well many people do not acknowledge Him; but when great need comes, He is the first one they turn to. This is one of God‘s main uses of trouble. God makes many of His children uncomfortable so that they will look to Him instead of being too self-reliant. There are many in heaven now who would never have repented and been saved had God not sent trouble, sorrow, and difficulty.
This father in Mark said his daughter was “at the point of death.” This is one point which we all must come to. Our paths on Earth run many different ways but they all ultimately reach the “point of death.” It is a point that lies hidden from view. No one knows the day when he or she will come to it, and yet somewhere along the years it waits for everyone. Sometimes this point is struck early in life. Here it is a little twelve year old girl that lies “at the point of death.” Even children should think about dying, not as a sad and terrible thing, but as a point to which they must come, and for which they should prepare.
It is a touching sight to see this father falling at Christ’s feet. The strongest men break down when their own children are sick or in danger. A man may seem very strong as he works or goes about life. You think he has no compassion in him. But if one of his children becomes ill or injured that strong man will melt. Behind his strong front there is a warm spot in his heart where he is gentle.
Apply This To Your Life Today… When has trouble or struggle led you back to reliance on God? How quickly do you fall away when life is easy? How do you remain reliant when life is going well?