Today’s Reading: Luke 8:40-9:6 (additional reading: Psalm 71:1-24 & Proverbs 12:5-7)
There are many things people need in life. Sometimes, we have needs to which we have no answers. There are no answers found in logic, none in knowledge, none in our culture, none in counselling, none in possession, none in relationships. Sometimes it appears there is no answers! Oh, but there is! When all else fails, we will realize that the answer to whatever we need will be found in Jesus! Sadly, many times God has to bring us to the end of ourselves so that we can come to the Right Conclusion.
In today’s reading we see a man called to Jesus at a time of desperate need. He was driven by his affection – He was a Dad – Here we find a dad that was concerned for his little girl.
Let’s first look at who this man was and the potential consequences of his actions. He is called by a certain title in the Greek. That title equates to the President of the Synagogue. Not the chief priest that person would be in Jerusalem. This is in a small village in the hill country. This man was charged with choosing the weekly readers and leading a discussion of the passage read. He was charged with keeping the proceedings going in accordance with the traditions. Remember I have told you that Jewish men generally did not beg or get on their knees for any reason.
The call to Jesus was real, this was not a ruse. This man fell begging for help. There is obviously faith in more than the Hebrew Scripture since he has just laid his respect in the community on the line. This man is like any other parent who is about to loose a child. He is desperate. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Do you wait until thing get terrible before you bring them to the Lord? Why do believers do that? Jesus is there all the time he loves you and has compassion more than you can imagine. Yet we wait until thing seem hopeless before we “give him a chance.” A part of real faith understands that he can do all things.