FRIDAY, JUNE 21
“While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, ”Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.’ But Jesus on hearing this answered him, ‘Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.””
Luke 8:49-50 ESV
STRONG DADS ENTRUST THEIR KIDS INTO JESUS’ HANDS
Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, that great preacher of 19th century spoke powerfully on this passage from his own experience. He said, “I can hardly speak of this matter without becoming personal and reminiscent, remembering a time forty years ago when my own first daughter lay at the point of death, dying. I called for Him then, and He came, and surely said to our troubled hearts, “Fear not, believe only.” He did not say, “She shall be made whole.” She was not made whole, at least on this earthly plane; she passed away into the life beyond. But He did say to her, “Talitha cumi,” i.e., “Little lamb, arise.” But in her case that did not mean, “Stay on the earth level,” it meant that He needed her, and He took her to be with Himself. She has been with Him for all these years, as we measure time here, and I have missed her every day. But His words, “Believe,” has been the strength of all the passing years.”
Life can rarely feel more hopeless to a parent than the loss of a child or wrestling with your children suffering with a terminal illness. In the case of Jairus in Luke 8, Jesus delayed coming to Jairus’ house to help the woman with the issue of bleeding. However, in Jairus’ case Jesus also chose to bring her back from the dead.
There are lots of different ways God can choose to answer our prayers. The most important thing is that we trust Jesus with our kids and trust that He has an eternal plan that’s good. Sometimes we experience that goodness here on earth and sometimes we don’t experience it until heaven.
One of the things our church practices is baby dedication. This isn’t a time when the baby makes a decision. This is a time when the parents publicly declare they are dedicating themselves to raise their baby in a godly home and trust Jesus with their parenting choices. Have you dedicated yourself to parenting God’s way? Mike mentioned on Sunday that there can be a lot of fears involved in parenting. What are your fears? Jesus reminds us to not fear but only believe. Take time to express your fears to God and ask Him to carry them.