Only Believe

And when Jairus saw Jesus, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter lies at the point of death…”

Mark 5:22-23

Jairus was desperate… His daughter was dying, and all the normal methods – like medicine and prayer – had failed. His love for his daughter caused this respected Jewish leader to seek out the young Rabbi from Galilee.

“…Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live."

Mark 5:23

How much faith is enough when your situation is dire and your need is great? I’ll tell you: just enough to bring you to Jesus. Jairus’ belief was shown in this:

· He ran to Jesus (not to man) in his great need.

· He fell at His feet (a sign of personal humility, and of honor to Jesus).

· He confessed his faith in Jesus’ ability to meet the need.

Jairus believed, he acted in faith, he honored Jesus… And yet, he received the dreadful news:

“Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"

Mark 5:35

Ever been there? You prayed, you believed, you acted in faith... but it didn’t work. Instead of receiving a miracle, you experienced a death ~ of a vision, a marriage, a promise. And all appears hopelessly lost.

That’s when the enemy of our souls comes with his subtle whispers,“Why trouble the Teacher any further? Obviously, God doesn’t care about your need ~ or if He did, He didn’t care enough to come through… It’s too late now ~ just give up, have a funeral, and move on.”

We will all face losses in this life… And the deeper those losses touch our hearts, the greater challenge they can be to our faith.

And yet we must remember: because we follow the One who conquered death, disarmed the devil, and defeated the grave, death is never the end For us, death is merely the pathway to resurrection. And so Jesus tells Jairus:

“Do not be afraid. Only believe."

Mark 5:36

Jesus’ command contradicted human reason and worldly logic. When reason said, “GIVE UP,” Jesus said in essence, “Trust Me, regardless of what this world is telling you.” And He speaks that same word to you and me today.

Jesus came to the house… and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly… He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him.

Mark 5:38-39


1. The report of this world – death, hopelessness, loss – will try to drown out Jesus’ report of hope, love, and life. Thus, we must keep our hearts tuned to the Master, and be careful what voices we listen to.

2. The same enemy who ridiculed Jesus for speaking life and hope back then will ridicule YOU for believing and trusting His love today. Count on it: trusting Jesus in the midst of your storm doesn’t make you real popular, neither with the world nor the devil, because it brings Jesus great glory.

So how does Jesus answer those voices of gloom and ridicule?

He put them all outside.

Mark 5:40

Jesus kicked the crowd of death and doubt out of the house and shut the door behind them.

Beloved, it’s hard to maintain and feed Biblical faith while entertaining the enemy’s lies. If we are to build our faith, we must tune out the voices of the world, for “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19).

You know how the story ends:

“Little girl, I say to you, arise.”

Mark 5:41

And arise she did… When Jesus speaks the word, everything changes. Even death itself obeys His command.

It’s time for some of us to shut the door on the enemy’s report of death and hopelessness, to silence the world’s voices and tune in to God’s Word, to bring our desperate needs to the only One who can help, falling at His feet in worship and prayer… and then, to simply hear and obey His command:

“Do not fear. Only believe.”

You can trust the Man who died for you. He is still in the business of giving beauty for ashes, bringing good out of pain, and turning death into life.

Remember how much He loves you this week,


© Springs of Life Ministries

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