Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, "Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed."
When he arrived at the house of Jairus, he did not let anyone go in with him except Peter, John, and James, and the child's father and mother. Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. "Stop wailing," Jesus said. "she is not dead but asleep."
They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, "My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.
Okay, while thinking over these verses before I began this post, I was a little stuck. What do we discuss? The miracle of a physical saved life of Jairus' daughter? Maybe. We know that God does amazing things medically to help his children and show his amazing power. But here is what came to my mind while writing this. It was more of a spiritual meaning to me tonight.
1. How often do we not give God the credit for what we think we are in charge of making happen?
2. How many friends/ family members/marriages/ relationships have lost their way, or their faith and we have ridden them off as though their hearts have been hardened and they will never be "alive" again in Christ? Or negative attitudes we feel have no hope of changing?
3. How many churches have we seen dwindle down to almost no members and we forget to look at how God can completely turn the situation around and rebuild it? I think that faith is such an important aspect. When focusing only on our works, we just lose the divine power that drives our lives. All it takes is for God to say, "My Child, get up!" and it can and will happen. It can be as quick as that. Thank goodness for our hope in Jesus Christ!
Posting this has just given me a quick, "attitude check" boost, that I think I have greatly needed. I get so bogged down when I feel not in control of situations! That exact feeling is why I think I have avoided posting the last couple of weeks on this site! What are your thoughts on these verses? How can they change your week to come?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
There are two stories of how faith was rewarded in this passage. This week I think we will focus on Luke 8:40-48 Here is a summary if you have not read the passage.
Monday, October 13, 2008
- Can you relate to this story? Please share.
- Do you think you would have kept your end of the deal in the end?
- How did Hannah's faith lead her actions?
- How does this story affect you today?
I can relate to this story, I told my husband earlier this week that we should have named our oldest son Benjamin, Samuel...because as you will find in the reading, Hannah named her son Samuel, because she asked the Lord for him. The Hebrew translation of Samuel is."heard of God."
My husband and I tried for 16 months to have our first child...while that may not be long compared to many people, it seemed long to us. Of course, everyone we knew was getting pregnant and having children. After a year, we conceived and lost a baby. This was really hard on us. After this happened, I just kept praying, and it dawned on me that God had a specific little life that he was waiting for..a child whom He already knew and had planned...and for some reason, I was at peace with that, and not as sad about things...then finally after we were really at peace with things, we conceived our son Ben. Such a challenge and such a blessing! Full knowing that God has a plan for his little life! As I have read this story, I am so impressed with Hannah, re-reading it as a mother, I am so impressed with the fact that she was able to let him go, away from her, and back to serve God. It was her faith and courage that led his outcome of being the first Judge of Israel, and such a faithful leader for God. I have tried to think of other stories in the bible where someone asks for child, and God hears their prayers, and after a time of faith, he blesses them. Here are some other people I thought of:
Elizabeth, in the New Testament, wife of Zechariah, mother of John the Baptist,
Sarah, in the Old Testament, Abraham's wife, Issac's mother, Jacob's grandmother.
Rachel, in the Old Testament, Jacob's wife, mother of Joseph and Benjamin
The consensus that I came to was that the Lord hears the prayers of a faithful women, and after enduring the wait, he bestows his blessings in ways we could never have imagined. Although it must have been hard for Hannah to give Samuel up, the Lord did bless her with more children...and I have to say, I cannot even imagine how proud she must have been of her little boy as he grew and became such a great man of God.
Next week: Luke 8:40-56
Monday, October 6, 2008
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"
"Yes, Lord," they replied.
Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
This is a small passage, but I think it holds so much wisdom from Jesus. Such a lesson about faith..."Blind Faith"....no pun intended! It can be looked at literally, because the men were actually void of sight, or figuratively, from a perspective of the men being void of "sight" which could be the wisdom of a correct path or perspective.
- How much faith do you have that God will follow through with something when you ask it from him?
- How often do we forget to ask, until a task or a problem is already in motion?
- In this passage it seems that Jesus was not sure it was time for him for word to "get out" so to speak. Do you feel that there is ever a time to "keep quiet" for awhile about a prayer that has been answered for us? If so, what would kind of situation would that be?
Next weeks reading....
I Samuel Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 vs. 1-11.
Have a great week!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008