Everything in due time – The North State Journal

PHOTO CAPTION: “The Resurrection of the Daughter of Jairus” by Paolo Veronese (circa 1540) is a painting from the collection of the Louvre Museum, Paris. (Public domain)

22And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue comes, named Jairus; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23And implored him earnestly, saying: My little girl is on the verge of death. I pray you, come and lay your hands on her, that she may be healed; and she will live. 24And Jesus went with him; and many people followed him and pressed him en masse. —Mark 5:22-24

Jesus is always quick to respond to calls for help. He went immediately with Jairus when his little girl was dying.

But He is never in a hurry. Although the child was about to die, when a poor woman in the crowd touched the hem of his garment, with a heartfelt cry for healing to the touch, Jesus heeded her and gave her the blessing that she was looking for. He even lingered to speak with her.

By the time he had done this, it seemed he had waited too long, as word came that the child was dead. But Jesus is just as able to restore the dead—as he is to heal the sick.

Thus his delay in reaching the ruler’s house brought about a greater work, when he raised the dead child, than if he had hastened and prevented her from dying.

We must never be afraid of Christ’s delays—He never delays too long.

We can also learn a lesson in the beauty of roadside work. When we go somewhere on a trade mission, we may find opportunities to do kind things to others along the way.

JR Miller was pastor and former editorial superintendent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication from 1880 to 1911. His works are now in the public domain.

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