Mark 5:21-24, 35-43:
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him. While he was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?” Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official, he caught sight of a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. So he went in and said to them, “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” And they ridiculed him. Then he put them all out. He took along the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and entered the room where the child was. He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around. At that they were utterly astounded. He gave strict orders that no one should know this and said that she should be given something to eat.
One of Jesus’ simplest Commandments to us can, at times, be one of the hardest to obey in this world. Just like the Synagogue Official, Jairus, who’s Daughter was already dead when he finally convinced Jesus to come to his home, we simply need to “just have Faith” in all things on this side of Heaven. It’s Awesome Advice, for sure. But, satan makes it hard for Believers to simply have Faith while we travel through this world. He works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to distort, deceive, and devour our Souls. And, he’s not alone – a third of the Angels in Heaven made war with God before they were defeated by St. Michael the Archangel and the other two-thirds of Angels in Heaven who didn’t follow the devil’s envious ambitions. A lot of folks don’t believe in the devil; 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. don’t even believe in God. But, satan believes in us and he certainly believes in God. As Citizens of Heaven already (see Philippians 3:20), we shouldn’t concern ourselves too greatly with a former Seraphim (the highest degree of Angelic Classifications), like satan. If we “just have Faith”, God has Promised us that we, the Heavenly Army that chose to drop-into this insane world/mission, will leave satan and his dark forces behind us and one day judge the Angelic Hosts in Heaven (1 Corinthians 6:3). Satan is merely a disgruntled former-Angel who chose a losing war with God when he found out that he, like all Angels, would have to become a “ministering Spirit sent forth to minister for those [us] who will inherit Salvation” (Hebrews 1:4-14). So, when the darkness creeps into our lives, let’s be sure to remember that the darkness has already lost and it has no hold on any of us as Children of God. And, let’s continue to “just have Faith” and ask God to continue to Lead, Guide, and Bless us on our way back Home. In Faith, let us embrace the opportunity that God has Given us in this world (and on this Eternal Mission) to grow in the Fruits of the Spirit together as the Body of Christ.