Posts tagged ‘Fear’

March 21, 2016

If He’s Going With You…

by Lester Young

So here’s the setting: Jairus, the man in charge of the synagogue, had a twelve-year-old daughter who was very sick – so sick, in fact, that she was on the verge of dying at any moment. Being a local leader, he was well aware of Jesus and His reputation as a miracle-worker (John 3:2). When he heard that Jesus was in the area, he quickly went out to Him, fell at His feet and earnestly requested that He come home with him and lay hands on his ailing child to heal her. Mark 5:24 gives us the Lord’s response: “And [He] went with him.”

Now we all know what happened next: A woman with an issue of blood had the unmitigated gall to show up and receive her healing, thereby stopping the entire procession in its tracks at the absolute most inopportune time – as far as Jairus was concerned, anyway; because his daughter died before they could get to her (Mark 5:25-35).

But while those developments are certainly central – and crucial – to the narrative, I think we should spend a little more time actually considering the Lord’s response that immediately preceded them: “And [Jesus] went with him.” Jairus began the interaction by pleading with the Lord to lay hands on his daughter so she would get well. However, in order to do that, Jairus needed Jesus to go with him to his house. (Now I stress that Jairus “needed” the Lord to be physically present with his daughter in order to heal her because that’s the level of faith he was operating from. Recall the Roman centurion who came to Jesus to ask Him to heal his young servant: The Lord highly praised that man’s faith because he didn’t require – or even feel worthy of – Jesus’ presence anywhere near his house. He asked the Lord to just “speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed” [Matthew 8:8]. And Jesus’ reply to him was, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so be it done unto you” [Matthew 8:13]. That being said, individual faith levels aren’t the real issue here, because God is willing to meet each of us wherever our own faith level is, as long as we’re willing to put that we’ve got to use [Mark 9:23-24; Luke 17:5-10].)

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March 15, 2016

A Man of Faith, a Son of God

by Lester Young

“Now when Jesus saw a crowd, He gave orders to go over to the other side [of the sea]. … And when He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but [Jesus] was asleep. And they went and woke Him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing!’ And He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?’ Then He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey Him?'” (Matthew 8:18, 23-27, English Standard Version)

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February 25, 2016

When You “Don’t Care” to Trust

by Lester Young

“Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 God’s Word Translation).

Most Christians probably know that verse of Scripture quite well – heard it a thousand times. Throughout the Bible we’re both encouraged and directed to trust the Lord, and we should certainly heed those instructions. But has anyone else besides me noticed that when you get right down to it, placing your total trust in someone – even if that someone is Someone – is not automatically the most “natural” thing in the world to do? And even more so if you can’t see them?

You know, now that I stop to think about it, ‘trust’ is one of those abstract terms that’s difficult to craft a precise definition for. Oh, I think we all have a sense of awareness about it, but actually expressing the meaning in descriptive terminology – without using the word ‘trust’ itself – is not quite as straightforward as you might initially think. Go ahead, take a few moments and try it – I’ll wait.

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