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Delayed for His Glory

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Luke 8:40-56

Verse 49 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.”

Have you ever waited for something that took longer than you hoped it would? Maybe it was a package in the mail; a grandparent that was coming for a visit, a spouse, a baby or maybe Christmas. No matter what we wait for it doesn't usually come when we want it to. Jairus was having that kind of day. His only daughter was 12 and dying. He wanted Jesus to heal her. There was one big problem! The crowds were so thick around Jesus that He could barely move and definitely not as fast as Jairus wanted.

Then it happened! Jesus stopped to ask who had touched Him. The crowd must have thought He was kidding as everyone was bumping one another as they walked. Everyone was wanting Jesus' attention. Jesus knew that one of the touches was different than the movement of the crowd. One was a touch of faith.

Most likely many of the people were wanting healing but one woman who had been suffering for as long as Jairus' daughter had been alive, had faith; faith that a single touch of His outfit was all she needed. That simple act of faith stopped a crowd. Notice she didn't continue pressing to get near Him. She had received what she had come for and only came forward knowing He would identify her anyway. He told her that she was free to leave in peace, her faith had healed her.

Jesus was still addressing her when someone came to tell Jairus it was too late, his beloved daughter was dead. I'm sure Jairus was broken at that moment. His thoughts were likely some of wishing the others would have let Jesus go to his girl quickly, but now it was too late. But Jesus tells Jairus not to give up hope. He needed to remember that this was Jesus. If he truly believed in Jesus, he needed to know that it wasn't too late. When they got to Jairus' house Jesus brought the girl back to life, allowing to witness more than he had hoped for. But it had to be in Jesus' time. Yes, Jairus would have praised God if Jesus had healed his daughter but how much more so seeing her back from the dead!

Making it personal

What are you waiting for from God right now? God's will is higher than our's for our situation; are you willing to let Him decide what is best and hope in it? Submit to His will.

Making it personal kids

What are you waiting for in life? Are you patient with your mom and dad when they tell you that you have to wait for something you want? Practice waiting patiently today. The more practice you get waiting for your parents' timing the easier it will be to learn to wait for God's timing.

Closing prayer

Father God, please forgive us for the times we get impatient with You and Your perfect timing. Thank You for Your patience with us as we learn to wait on You so that You can get the glory when the time is right. In Jesus' name, amen.

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