Devotion

While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” he said. “Don’t bother the teacher anymore.”

Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.”

Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. “Stop wailing,” Jesus said. “She is not dead but asleep.”

They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead.

Luke 8:49-50,52-53

Is trust in God really that hard? If we knew all the details of His plan, if we knew how our pain and suffering would be used to show Him working in our lives, we would agree with His plan.

Let me say that again—if we had all of His foresight, we would agree to His plan.

Have you ever thought about that? He is all powerful and totally loving. That means, no matter how hard things in our life seem, He allows it with a loving hand. This means He uses it to further our spiritual growth and to enhance His kingdom in some way. So if we love Him, we can trust Him and choose to follow His plan.

It is only by His mercy that He doesn’t show us everything in advance. Imagine for a minute that you knew every bad day you would have. Before you woke up in the morning, you would know the trouble that would come. Would you try to avoid it? In our human nature, of course we would.

Even if I knew that day would better me in some way or benefit others, I would still try to avoid it. This makes me think of the prophets in the Old Testament who were shown things that would happen—some good and some bad things. It must have been heartbreaking for them to know the depths Israel would need to endure or the suffering our savior would bear.

Sometimes, it is a blessing not to know. And I’m the scientist type who always wants to know everything. But with God, we don’t need to know, we need only to trust.

Jairus trusted that his daughter could be made well by Jesus. The crowd laughed at them, but they didn’t know Jesus’ plan any more than Jairus did. Jairus trusted and it saved his little girl. What will you trust Jesus with today?

Dear Lord, thank you that You are trustworthy. Give us Your eyes to see when we must know things and let us rest in the blessing of trust when we don’t need to know. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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