I had an amazing couple of days this past weekend.
The month of April in my country
marks the end of the first school term so that means holiday
time and holiday camps! And since I serve in our kids ministry
I went for camp with the kids I teach.
This was one of the best camps I have been on. Yes, I was
involved in the planning and organizing of it but I still had fun!
The kids we went with had a blast! As a leader it was a privilege
serving the children.
But what stood out the most for me was how God came and
ministered to me and the other leaders. I have been trusting
God for a lot of things and I have to admit it gets hard. It’s
hard holding on in faith and this weekend my faith was tested.
But in the testing God used the three days I was on
camp to re-adjust my focus.
This is what He spoke to me about:
“Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed Him, for they
were all expecting Him.
Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell
at Jesus feet, pleading with Him to come to his house
because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.
We all know the story very well but there are a few things
that I saw that jumped out at me that I would like to point out:
– Jairus came to Jesus because he had faith in Him. He believed
Jesus would heal his daughter. Jairus was desperate! He may
of tried a few doctors but with no luck.
– Jesus stopped walking when the woman with the issue of
blood touched Him. I am sure Jesus knew how desperate and
serious Jairus’s situation was but He still stopped?? How do we
know the woman with the issue of blood had that problem for
twelve years and how do we
know she used all her money on physicians with no change?
We know all this because one of the disciples must of taken
the time to speak to her. He must of spent some time asking
questions or Jesus must of simply listened to a healed ecstatic
woman tell Him how she had spent
all her money on physicians with no results and tell Him how
long this went on for!
Whatever the case, Jairus was waiting! What was on his mind as
all this was happened? Did he push Peter to speak up…?
“When they all denied it, Peter said, Master, the people are
crowding and pressing against you.” Luke 8:45
Where was his faith then?
Did he convince Peter of the absurdity of Jesus question? We
Then it happened….!
“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.” Luke 8:49
What exactly was going through Jairus mind? It was faith
and desperation that led him to Jesus but was that faith
still there? Did Jesus take His time with the woman knowing
Jairus was desperate?? Did He want Jairus to endure
in his faith???
Having faith and enduring in your faith are two completely
different things. We do well when we trust God but is that enough?
We must also learn to endure in our faith. That’s the lesson
I learned on camp.
Jairus had faith in Jesus but his faith was tested. He had to
learn to endure in his faith he soon found out.
Don’t lose hope along the way! Jesus has not forgotten your
faith! Jairus may of felt like Jesus didn’t care or had forgotten
him but He didn’t!
“But Jesus, on hearing this, answered him, Do not be seized
with alarm or struck with fear;
Simply believe [in Me as able to do this], and she will be
made well. Luke 8:50
When Jairus faith was failing, Jesus was right there
to encourage him. Jesus wants us to endure in our faith.
You may be trusting God for something and weeks,
months and years have passed without anything happening
but be assured,
something will happen as long as you endure in your faith!
Don’t give up in your faith. Don’t let fear cloud the truth
about your faith.
The truth is, God will come through!
God has heard you and will not let you down!
He wants to help you more than you will ever know!
Your faith is precious to God!
Your faith pleases Him.
As long as you have faith, the enemy will always lose!
At the end of the day, Jairus got his daughter back. Jesus
did a miracle in his life because he endured in his faith no
matter how bad things seemed!
Jesus knows where you are at. He has not forgotten about
you. He says,
“Simply believe [in Me as able to do this], and she shall be
made well.” Luke 8:50
Believe He is able to help you.
Believe He has heard you because He has.
As I sign off I want to encourage you to endure in your faith.
That is what I was challenged to do on camp!