Read Luke 8
Focus on verse 49-50
We make assumptions every day. Some are accurate assumptions because they are based upon reliable sources and/or experience. Others are not accurate assumptions because although the assumption may be based on past experience, there is in this case an outlier that does not follow normal patterns.
Luke records such an experience in today’s chapter.
While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well. (v. 49-50)
The assumption the messenger was making was that, while Jesus was able to heal sick people, once they died it was too late for them to be healed.
Jesus challenges this assumption by telling the father of the child not to fear, but to believe she would be made well. Jesus further builds the faith of all who witnessed the event by raising the child back to life.
Doubt is quick to poison our minds against possibility. We are very often too quick to assume that our experience of the past is the way our experience of the future will continue to be. If we have a past of failure, we assume that we will continue to fail, and in thinking this way we often predispose ourselves to fulfill that expectation. While this may sound to some like an extreme form of positive thinking, the difference in this case is that there is a spiritual dimension involved in the process. When we allow God to get involved in our life it changes the outcome not only of our eternal destiny, but also of our circumstance because in infuses hope into the mix. It is not that God is not involved in our lives prior to our allowing Him to change us. He is involved in 100% of what transpires on the planet. What changes is that when we submit to His invitation and make the choice to acknowledge His involvement it gives Him permission to do things in our lives that we previously would not allow Him to do. While God has the power to force us to submit, it seems He prefers to wait for us to invite Him to be involved with us. He is also the one who has the ability and power to help us overcome our doubt. In other words, God is not a tyrant. He does not bully His way into our lives. He chooses rather let us know He loves us and then waits for us to either accept or reject that love.