Monday: 9th July, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 9:18-29
Matthew 9:18 While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
A statement which many use to encourage others is asking them to ‘remain hopeful’ because ‘regardless of any losses, they were still alive’; and there is no sarcasm behind these words. Many of the people who approached Jesus did so knowing that there was a reason to be hopeful- they had life, and with that came the opportunity for their situations to get better. The official in today’s Gospel however fell well outside this classification.
We tend to keep those who possess extreme and often rather unique thinking patterns under close watch because their thought processes defy set norms. While others would have turned back with the kind of knowledge known to the official, he pressed on till the very end. He actually came to Jesus clearly aware of the fact that his daughter was already dead.
Therefore, he didn’t come for ‘an improvement’ in his situation, but for a fresh start; for a new lease of life. Too often we get lost in the way our world thinks that we forget all the things that are still possible to us who believe. We forget that our God does not only have the capacity to make things better, but also remains the author of life. Things that appear dead, can receive a fresh breath of life when they are brought to Jesus.
Remember # don’t think it’s over when you haven’t reached Jesus yet.