February 21 - Never Too Late!

By Melvin Eugene Surface

Today's Scripture: Mark 5:28

Central Thought: Jesus cares about your need, and He responds to the reach of faith.

    Two desperate needs—one a man, one a woman, one rich, and one destitute—two displays of divine compassion, two responses to desperate faith, and two miracles—Jesus cares when anyone is hurting, and He acts in response to faith.

    Jairus, a synagogue ruler, came to Jesus and pleaded for his daughter's life. She lay at the point of death, but he believed Jesus could lay his hands on her and make her well. As Jesus headed in the direction of Jairus's home, an unidentified woman approached Him surreptitiously. She had suffered a dozen years, spent all that she had for relief, but only grew worse. No human remedy existed and, without wealth, every hope had vanished. Then she heard of Jesus, the awesome things He was doing, and she came. She was convinced, 'If I touch even his garments, I will be made well” (Mark 5:28). Thinking to go unnoticed, she pressed her way through the crowd behind Him and stretched out her hand. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. New strength surged through her body, and she knew she was healed!

    Jesus knew too. They both felt power flow out of His divine fullness into the emptiness of human need. He turned and said, 'Who touched me?” His disciples, the ones closest to Him, were unaware of the need or the miracle. They wondered how a single touch could be picked out of such a crowd. Still, Jesus knew, and the woman, knowing the wonderful thing that had happened, collapsed before Him and confessed. He confirmed her miracle with a blessing. No one is anonymous in the eyes of the Savior. He knows all and everyone.

    While Jesus was still speaking, desperate news arrived for Jairus. It was too late! His daughter was dead. He was urged not to bother Jesus further. But Jesus saw the need from heaven's perspective. He told Jairus to hold on to his faith. He went to the house and put everyone out except the parents and His inner circle of disciples. Then He took the little girl's hand and told her to arise. Immediately, she got up, and amazement at God's loving power overwhelmed them all. In a tender, parting gesture, Jesus told them to give her something to eat. She was twelve, she was alive, and she was no ghost. God cares about our needs too, and He does not play favorites with his help. He even cares about the little things. Don't be afraid…only believe.

Devotional Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You know me and love me anyway. I'm reaching out to you today for every need.

Today's Bible Reading: Leviticus 11:1-12:8; Mark 5:21-43; Psalm 38:1-22; Proverbs 10:8-9