Many people desire miracles, but the result is proving otherwise. It is not that they are not taking steps, while they are not wrong, but the miracles are delayed. These are some of the likely reasons why many people’s desired miracles are delayed.
1. They have rigid mindset: one of the reasons why many people’s miracles were delayed is because they already have the way they want the miracle done. Jairus in Mark 5:22 wanted Jesus to lay his hands on his daughter in order to get her healing. He wanted more than the word, unlike the centurion in Mathew 8:8.
2. Their challenge is common: It is not only you that needs miracles (Mark 5:42). 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “there is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: … Jairus thought he was the only one that had a problem, but he was taken aback by the way, when the woman with the issue of blood for 12 years appeared on the scene, and she was smart enough to get her miracle first, hence, there was a delay in the healing of 12-year old Jairus’ daughter.
3. They want it done but by others: First look for what you can do on your own. Jairus wanted Jesus to come and lay his hands on his daughter, which is why his miracle was delayed. The woman with the issue of blood, on the other hand, thought on what she could do by herself, and she resulted into touching the hem of the garment of Jesus Christ, and she got her miracle, while Jairus’ own was delayed.
4. As they want it: Whatever you want, however you want it, that is what you will get – You want him to lay hand, fine! You want him to speak the word, no qualm! From the results of both Jairus and the Centurion, we know that it is better to go for the word. The word is swift, most times we are the ones that slow it down due to our unbelief.
5. Walk with people of faith: His daughter was dead, but Jairus had faith that she was going to come back to life. Jesus admonished him not to waiver in his faith, and he invited only matured Christians like Peter, James, and John to follow them (Mark 5:37). You have to be tender (kind and sympathetic) with people and those that you are walking with, in order to have access into what they possess, so that your faith can be strengthened.
6. Wrong focus: We are supposed to focus on Jesus (The Word) not our conditions. When the word is going on, many people don’t focus on the word. They think of their long time of serving God, instead of dwelling on the word. We are just like Jairus, he is a ruler of the synagogue (a Christian), and he has been in the church for a long time, yet he didn’t know the best decision to take when it came to spiritual matters.
Conclusion: His daughter was dead (Mark 5:35), but thanks to God for the healing of the 12-year predicament of the woman with the issue of blood. This helped his faith, and at last, his 12-year old daughter was raised back to life. That should be your testimony, no matter what; you should share your testimony at the end of the day.
Further Reading: Mark 5: 22 – 43 & Mathew 8: 5 – 14.
© 2017 Peter F. Adewumi