While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
There are often those conflicting voices—in the world around us, among the people we know and interact with, and even within our own selves. There are often many reasons to doubt. There are many ways that the situation we are experiencing can seem so hopeless. So we have to choose to believe. We have to choose to let go of our fears and just have faith in Jesus. All power is within Him. All goodness is within Him. He is full of mercy and grace and love. He will do what is best for us. He can do more than we ask or think.
Jairus knew in this moment when the messengers came that the situation had changed drastically. Now it was not just healing that was required, but the restoration of life. And so he had to decide if he believed it was too late or if he still believed Jesus could do something for him. He had to decide whose voice he was going to listen to in the midst of a very painful and difficult circumstance. Because ultimately what he decided would have implications not just for himself, but his daughter and his family.
When the circumstance changes, does our faith change with it, or will we still believe in Jesus? Will we allow doubt and fear to overcome us, or are we going to have faith despite how bleak the situation seems? We can trust our gracious Lord in the midst of all the twists and turns of life. We can have faith in Him even when things seem hopeless or we are faced with the prospect of a significant loss. Let us not allow those doubting voices to pull us away from trusting God with the outcome of every trial we face.