Day 115 – Heart of the Matter
On: February 23, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

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

Jairus’ daughter, aged 12, was prayed for and, as we shall see tomorrow, was healed. My friends’ daughter, aged 12, was prayed for and died (see Day 112). Jesus says here: “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” Was there no belief when my friends’ daughter died? No way. Any more than in the countless cases over the centuries where believers have prayed in faith and no healing has taken place. So what should we make of Jesus’ words? What is it we are to believe?

Surely, this takes us to the heart of what this faith journey is all about. Faith is not a set of sayings and formulae that we can trot out and assume will “work”. This will inevitably lead us down a dead-end and we will get tangled up with questions like “were these miracles just for Jesus’ time?” No, the key to understanding faith is relationship. Jesus’ own death and resurrection open up the opportunity for you and I not just to be dwellers in a protectorate, where we live by a new set of rules, but to be members of God’s family. And healthy family life is a place of trust and mutual support where the ups and downs of life can be navigated.

So, my reading of this scenario is that we should certainly ask for healing, and should be  persistent in seeking God’s heart. But clearly it is not in God’s plan to heal all the time, otherwise He would entirely overturn the pattern of the world He has set in place. No one would ever get sick, no one would die, nothing nasty would ever last more than the time it takes to send a short request to the “genie of the lamp”. Prayer is not an umbrella to protect us from all the problems that might beset us.

What we should be believing is that we are secure as part of His family and should therefore not fear the outcome of any crisis that confronts us.

don’t be afraid just believe


Father God, grant me the maturity to recognise that Your love for me is not measured by how fast or completely You answer my requests. Amen

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