34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36 But overhearing[b] what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” (Mark 5:34-36, NRSV)
I remember a Gentile commander whose faith permitted him to ask Jesus to only speak the words and his servant was healed (Matthew 8:8). This lady with the bleeding disorder had faith to be healed if she merely touched Jesus’ shirt. Jairus, the synagogue leader, was going through rougher storms, and was escorted by a loving Guide, who grabbed his attention and bolstered his faith when the bad news tried to extinguish it. Jesus took His inner circle of friends and personally called forth the girl who slept in death.
Jesus responds to our need in a personal way. He comes as far as we need Him to. He does not march into our homes if we only ask Him to make a pronouncement, but if we beg Him to come and touch our lives He is faithful to respond, to clear a way, to act, and to fulfill our faith. Even when the physical world tries to dissuade us from faith, He can stop us in our tracks, take us by the face, look into our eyes, and speak those words of life, “Do not fear, only believe.”
Dear Father, today, I invite You all the way into my home: into my work, my school, my relationships, my menu, my plans, and my dreams. Help me live in faith and not fear. Walk me to my need, encourage me on our way, and speak life when all I see is death. Help me to do as You do: to walk, encourage, and speak life to those around me who have heard the faithless cries of the masses saying, “Why bother?” Empower me to call to the dead in spirit and to raise them to walk in Your light and life.