October 16, Sunday

UPDATED Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought is an updated version of AMI QT Devotional first posted on August 27, 2013.

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Why God Allows Interruptions in Our Lives”

Luke 8:40-56

Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.  As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[c] but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”49 While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” 50 Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” 51 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. 52 Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.” 53 They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat. 56 Her parents were astonished, but he ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened.

I wonder how Jairus must have felt when everything got delayed because of the woman with the issue of blood. Some things in life can wait but not this one: the very life of his daughter hung in the balance. Sometimes, we get frustrated because of constant interruptions; Jairus must have been beyond that. Sadly, Jairus’ daughter died and he had to hear, “Your daughter is dead … Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”  That must have been so disheartening. 

The truth of the matter is that God also does that in our lives where things get interrupted and delayed.  Logically, we might question, “Why did Jesus have to stop to call out the woman and waste time since she already got healed? Isn’t that what mattered?  Yet Jesus did this in order to increase Jairus’ faith, because Jairus not only had to believe that Jesus could heal the sick, but that he could even raise the dead.                                               

So, rather than getting frustrated because things are not working out according to our way and/or timetable, let us ask the Lord to increase our faith so that we may be prepared to witness a greater miracle.

Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for constantly teaching me about the life of faith.  As your disciples once asked you, “Increase our faith” (Lk. 17:5). Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: 2 Chronicles 3