Just Trust

Just Trust

26 February 2010

Today’s Reading: Numbers 19-20; Psalm 28; Mark 5


35 While he was still talking, some people came from the leader’s house and told him, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?” 36 Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the leader, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.” (Mark 5:35-36 MSG)

Jairus, leader of the Capernaum synagogue, was on an emotional roller-coaster. His young daughter was sick, near death, and Jesus was in town. He rushed across town, found Jesus, and begged him to come and heal the girl. Jesus responded and they started for Jairus’ home. As they slowly made their way through the narrow streets, impeded by the crowd, Jairus felt anxious and hopeful and desperate and ready to scream at the crowd to get out of the way.

Then when Jesus stopped and began to look for and then talk with the woman whose faith had prompted her to touch his coat and be healed, Jairus nearly lost it. But while Jesus was talking with the woman, messengers arrived from Jairus’ home with the bad news that his daughter was dead. Too late. Just minutes too late. “Don’t bother the Teacher. She’s dead! Forget it. It’s too late!” Jesus overheard what they were talking about and said to the Jairus, “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.”

There are times when we have to apply Jesus’ words to our own situations. “Don’t listen to them; just trust me.” The facts of the situation are observable and real, but the truth about the situation is what God says about it. We don’t have to deny the facts, but we must be clear on what God has said to us. We need not be arrogant towards those who are giving fact-based advice, but we must be confident in the God who speaks the truth. Faith in God’s truth trumps observable facts. Trusting what God says trumps the well-meaning advice of others. Jesus still says, “Just trust me!”


Father, I want to be both wise and faithful. I want to be open to face the facts and sensitive to hear your truth. I want to know when to listen to the advice and opinions of others and when to just trust you. Help me to cultivate a sensitivity to your voice and give me the courage to “not listen, just trust” when the voices around me are contrary to yours. Like a man whose son you healed, “I believe. Help me with my doubts.” Amen.

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