Cross Training

“Don’t Be Afraid; Just Believe”

Hopeless—a place where things look finished, beyond help. School, team, family life, some obstacle that looks insurmountable may have plopped itself down in the middle of your life. Move over and give God elbow room. He’s at work whether you see it or not.

Today, we’ll look at a passage from Mark 9. Jairus is a church leader and his twelve year old daughter lies dying. Jairus has Jesus in tow and is frantically trying to get home before it’s too late. A lady needing healing interrupts them. Sweat breaks out on Jairus’s forehead while he makes a supreme effort to be patient as Jesus talks to the woman. Familiar faces appear in the crowd. Faces with no hope. It’s too late. His baby girl has died. Let’s pick it up in verse 36:

“Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler (Jairus), “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 9:36 (NIV)

What? Tears stream from Jairus’s eyes and his lip trembles. Jesus looks him square in the eyes, gives his shoulders a squeeze, and strides forward. Jairus trots beside Him with the faintest flame of hope hardly daring to flicker. Read Mark 9:37-43 to see what happened.

Wait and watch for God to work. He will never leave you no matter how alone you may feel. God doesn’t promise that your story will end like Jairus’s, but He does promise to be with you in all things and to work all things for good for those who love Him. Give Him some elbow room.

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