Heaven Need Not Hurry

Posted on: September 26th, 2012 by Dietra Taylor

Matt 9:19-25 “While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshiped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.  And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,  He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.” (ASV)

Jairus’ daughter had died.  The woman had a health condition – twelve years of bleeding, made her an outcast.  Both seem like situations with finality written all over them.  What could this man possibly do to help them?

Yet they believed…

A child dying/dead, actually, his people later came to report.  Jesus said he would come…why? A woman who had endured suffering for twelve years, she had to be weak, in great pain and enduring ridicule and scorn from all who saw her.  They wouldn’t get near her. But the crowd was watching him, not her…

“If I can only touch…”

One man to heal both situations; the ruler knelt before him, the woman pressed through the crowd unseen.  The ruler beseeched him.  The woman didn’t want to disturb him; she only wanted to touch Him. Both had great faith that through this man, heaven had touched earth like never before.  He was the Messiah.  Everyone was talking about the things He had done.  The wonders and miracles that occurred when he was around were quickly spreading.  They needed him for themselves. The ruler had authority to move through the crowd.  The woman moved at her own risk.  Both sought him single-mindedly…with one purpose…healing. Both received what they sought.  Their faith made them whole.  Not whole again, but better; because “before” had never met heaven face to face.  “Before” had no need as great as this one or joy as great as they now shared.  He had made them whole!!

  • What has died in your life that only a touch from the Messiah can bring to life? 
  • What state are you in that sets you apart for rejection and ridicule, that needs His attention?

Even though the woman went unseen, He knew she was there the moment she reached out to Him.  The same is true for you.  Even though you may think He hasn’t noticed you, He has. Even when it seems that there are delays to Him getting to your situation – His notice of the woman delayed his arrival at Jairus’ home – He is not bound by regular restraints of time and situation.  He did not stress a need to hurry to Jairus’ home before the girl died.  He knew the power given to Him. Recognize that He is the same today as He was then.

Realize that your situation warrants His attention. 

He is not constrained by anything – ANYTHING.  Even after you have buried it like Lazarus’ sisters had buried him when Jesus did not come right away. Know that when He shows up, all is made whole. Take heart today that your faith will make you whole!  Heaven is aware and need not hurry!

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