Ignore Them

Ignore Them

26 February 2009


35 While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” 36 But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me.” (Mark 5:35-36 NLT)


On his way to Jairus’ home to lay hands on his daughter and heal her, Jesus was interrupted by a sick woman’s desperate faith. Before Jesus finished talking with the woman, word arrived that Jairus’ daughter had died. “Well, that’s it. Now the situation has escalated and it’s no longer a matter of healing a sick child. Your daughter is dead! Jairus, you had your chance and it’s over now. And it really wasn’t the sick woman’s fault. Your daughter would have died anyhow before Jesus got there.” (Have you ever noticed how some people seem to delight in bringing bad news?)

Jesus ignored their comments and told Jairus not to be afraid and to keep trusting.


When the situation escalates, when the economy takes a nose-dive, when the plant closes down, when the diagnosis is serious, when the illness gets worse, when well-meaning people tell us about their relative who had the same illness and died, it’s easy for the facts to put up a roadblock to our journey of faith.

If Jesus ignores the facts and their negative comments, I should too.


Father, help me to ignore the facts and the comments of well-meaning but negative people when they are contrary to your Word and your words. I plan to not be afraid and to keep on trusting Jesus. I may need a little help with this. Amen.

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