Patient Faith

July 20 | Luke 8:49-50

“While He was still speaking, someone came from his synagogue ruler’s house saying, “Your daughter is dead. Don’t bother the Teacher any longer.” But Jesus, hearing this, replied, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe, and she will be healed.”” (Luke 8:49–50)

I’ve been in lines at the grocery store I thought would never end. Sometimes my impatience got the best of me and I tried another line. To my horror, the other line sped up. If I would’ve stayed the course I would be out of the store by now.

Jairus asked Jesus to heal his daughter before the woman with the issue of blood came along. Jesus agreed. And yet, the moment this woman got involved he was left in the lurch, waiting on Jesus.

Imagine a father’s heartbreak who was told his sick daughter was dead and it was too late. How would you react? Would you be angry at the woman for interrupting your healing moment? Would you hold a grudge that Jesus healed the woman and not your dead daughter?

We often experience interactions in our healing process. It may be hard for you to see other people healed while you are still waiting on your healing. Don’t let bitterness creep into your heart. After Jairus was told his daughter was dead, Jesus told him to believe and she would be well.

Only Jesus has the power over life and death, can heal you, and even raise the dead. Only Jesus can tell you to believe in healing after death.

Action Step: Trust in Jesus as you wait for your healing. Bless others if they are healed before you are. Don’t hold a grudge, lose your faith, or become bitter about your condition.

Jesus, give me faith to believe from my healing between your promise and its reality in my body. Give me joy and hope when I see others healed before me. I know my time is coming. Increase my faith.

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