It Starts With Asking

Hands folded

Mark 5:24 “So Jesus went with him.”

Not so long ago a poll was taken to determine which Bible passage Americans know best.  Do you know which one won?  “God helps those who help themselves.”  The problem, of course, is that this proverb is not found in the Bible.  There may be a proper sense in which the statement can be understood, but the more Scriptural idea is: “God helps those who ask him for help,” or even “God helps those who need his help.” And who doesn’t need his help?

Far too often we want to tough it out, fight through the situation on our own, find our own solutions. All the while Jesus stands ready to help. He is delighted to have us ask.  How many times don’t we wring our hands over something that is simply best taken to the Lord in prayer and left with him?  That’s the solution to crises which come in all shapes and sizes.  We can ask Jesus when nothing less than a miracle will solve the problem. But don’t wait for a problem which needs a miracle.  The solution to your life’s problems, my life’s problems, our nation’s problems, and our church’s problems, starts with asking Jesus.

That’s what Jairus did. His daughter was dying, but he knew what Jesus could do.  Jairus knew that, if Jesus wanted to, he could certainly heal his daughter. This worried father did not hesitate to ask Jesus for help.

“So Jesus went with him.”  What an important thing to note!  That is more than a phrase to move the action of the story along.  When Jesus went with him, Jairus had his answer!  Jesus was not going to see how bad the situation really was, to see whether he could help or not.  Jesus was not leading Jairus and his family on.  He was not going to get to the house and say, “I’m sorry, but I don’t heal little girls who are deathly ill.”  When Jesus went with him, that little girl was as good as healed.

Perhaps we sometimes wonder whether Jesus really is interested in helping us when we ask.  How can we know?  If Jesus weren’t interested in helping us, would he have bothered to spend 33 years on earth loving our neighbor for us, keeping God’s law, putting up with all the attacks on his ministry and his work?  Would he have sacrificed his own life and suffered our hell on the cross, and then not care about those faith shaking things that happen to us, or happily stand aside while we fall from grace?  The Apostle Paul says, “He who did not spare his own Son, but graciously gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”  The cross of Jesus Christ, where our sins have been forgiven and eternal life has been given, is as far as we need to look to know he still cares when we ask.  The cross tells us the solution to life’s problems still starts with asking Jesus.

That’s how we know he still goes with us.

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