And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
Have you ever gotten a direction from God and were excited in your spirit to take that step of faith required to get there? Inevitably the next thing that happens is you tell a close friend, and they begin to warn you off, telling you why it will not work. They sincerely think they are helping and are not deliberately trying to sabotage you, but they are not considering that you are following the leading of God’s Spirit and He has a plan.
This is a similar experience to what Jairus had when he took Jesus and His disciples to his house. When he got there, all the people were carrying on because the little girl had died. They were sincerely sad but when Jesus told them she was just sleeping, they begin to ridicule Him and give Him all the reasons that they knew better than that.
I love what Jesus did next. He made them all leave the house. This was a bold move especially because it was not even His house. I’m sure these were friends and relative’s of Jairus. People he had known for years maybe even his whole life, but that didn’t matter to Jesus. He just cleared the place out.
I have often wondered why He did that. Surly there were some that were offended and even hurt that Jairus would allow a stranger to come in at such a time and make them all leave. There were probably even some that were upset with Jairus because he didn’t step in and say it was okay for them to stay. I don’t believe the reason Jesus asked them to leave was because He needed quiet so He could concentrate on preforming a miracle and I don’t think He made them leave because their weeping and wailing was annoying Him. I believe the reason He made them all leave was because of their unbelief. He didn’t want the negative words and attitude shutting down the miracle that was about to happen.
I know that you are probably thinking that He is Jesus, and He could do anything at anytime regardless of who was coming against His actions, and it is true. Yet, even the scriptures say that in Jesus own town He could do no mighty work there because of the people’s unbelief. (See Matthew 13:58) The truth is that our heart and attitude have everything to do with seeing a move of God in our lives. It is up to us to shut out the nay-sayers and the doubting words that people want to “help” us with and trust the scriptures and words from God that He has given to us to follow. Even when it comes to directly to obeying scripture, some people may try to talk you out of it because it is Old Testament or just for bible times day. However, if you truly want to walk with God in life, you will have to stop walking with unbelief and fear of what others will think. Walking with God will always require steps of faith continually.
Today I want to encourage you to take a look at the places where you have stepped out in faith following the direction God has given. Did you ever have to resist some negativity? Now think about the steps the Holy Spirit is leading you to now? Are you hearing any doubting and steering away from cynical words from the people around you? Begin today to put those voices out and step closer to the ones who will support and help you accomplish all that God has put in your heart. Don’t loose out on your miracle because of doubt and unbelief, turn away from the opposers and criticizers and turn toward the One who will make it all come to pass by leading you step by step!
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 5:35-42
35 While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”
37 And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
38 Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly.
39 When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.”
40 And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.
41 Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
42 Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.
43 But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.