Sunday, February 26, 2017

Who Ya Gonna Believe?

Today’s Bible Reading:  Numbers 19-20, Psalm 28, Mark 5
Topic: Faith

SCRIPTURE:  Mark 5:22-24 & 35-43

22 … Jairus…  fell at his (Jesus) feet 23 and pleaded earnestly with him, "My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live." 24 So Jesus went with him... (vv. 22-24 NIV)

35 …some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?"
36 Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe." (vv. 35-36 NIV)


In this passage we see conflicting reports and beliefs. Jesus says, “Don’t believe this report, believe Me.” Later, at Jarius’ house the loud mourners were wailing over the death of Jairus’ little daughter. Jesus says, “Don’t believe them, believe Me.”


In our lives too, we often hear conflicting reports. We hear the voice that urges us to “be realistic—all is lost, it’s no use, nothing will change, just face reality and give up.” And then we hear Jesus’ voice saying, “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”


Lord, may I hear Your voice above all others. Amidst the loudness or logic of the world, may I ever believe Your Word to me. Amen.  -AP

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