This week's text shows the mighty power of Jesus as He brings healing to two different gals. It is found in Mark 5:21-43. As we read the text (I encourage you to do so now) let's look at the faith they and their loved ones put in Jesus and also see the obstacles that could have got in the way of their faith. The first snap-shot is found right here:
Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him. (Mark 5:21-24 NLT)
Jairus was a man of substantial power and influence in his town. As the leader of the synagogue he was known by everyone. Many other synagogue leaders had already denounced Jesus as they didn't feel he met the qualifications of the Messiah...maybe even Jairus had done this...
His daughter was sick unto death. He and his family were desperate. Too ask Jesus would mean that he would publicly humble himself and ask Him for help. He would express a faith in Jesus that would overcome the potential obstacle of pride. Yes, pride can keep us from coming to God. Pride in 'who we are'. Pride in 'what we can do'. Pride from 'our accomplishments' and 'our self-sufficiency'.
I remember a time that a co-worker and I were driving around Thousand Oaks, California trying to find The Cheesecake Factory. If you haven't eaten there you are missing out. It was getting late and we couldn't find it (this is well before smartphones and GPS). I proudly continued to drive thinking I could find it on my own. We had quite a tour of the city. We were starving. Finally, my friend convinced me to stop for directions at a convenience store (an adventure in itself). We made it to the restaurant just before they closed. Pride nearly kept me from having dinner (including that velvet-like cheesecake).
Overcoming pride requires a better understanding of Who God is and a better understanding of our own needs and abilities. Overcoming pride requires a combination of humility in yourself and faith/hope in something outside of your control. In this case, faith in God allowed Jairus to approach Jesus for a need that he, nor any doctor, could control. Pride could have kept him from seeing God do a miracle in his child. Pride nearly kept me from a meal that night many years ago. Has pride kept you from seeing and experiencing God's best in your life?