On the way to Jairus’ house, the Bible says that Jesus was thronged (some Bible versions say “almost suffocated”) by the massive crowds. There was a woman in the crowd who had suffered with an issue of blood for 12 years and she pressed in until she got close enough to touch Jesus.
As Jesus walked by or stopped to talk to someone, she quickly reached down and took hold of the hem of Jesus’ garment. She had said in her heart that if she just takes hold of the hem of His garment, she shall be made whole. Jesus wasn’t even aware that anyone touched His cloak, as He was surrounded by crowds of people.
Messianic Jewish Rabbis say that the outer garment Jesus wore was actually a prayer shawl, or tallit, with the fringes and tassles. At the very second the woman took hold of the tassles or fringes on the corner of the prayer shawl He was wearing, Jesus felt healing virtue go out of Him. He inquired who touched Him.
His disciples were baffled why Jesus would ask who touched Him, since He was thronged by the crowds. Everybody was trying to touch Him. Jesus looked around and was calling out for whoever touched Him to come forward and explain their self.
The woman, in fear and trembling, came forward and admitted that she was the one who touched the hem of His garment.
The Bible says that she told Jesus ALLLLLLL the story. Like most women, she started at the very beginning of the story and worked her way through each and every detail until she told the WHOLE story. Jesus was very patient to listen to her speak.
In the meantime, Jairus was probably getting very impatient because Jesus was supposed to be going with him to his house. His daughter’s situation was an emergency, as she could die at any moment.
They could have already been to the house by that time, but now were delayed. This other woman had been sick for a long time, but it wasn’t to the point where she was on her deathbed.
The story started out with Jairus, but then the focus was taken off of him when this woman, who was full of faith, slipped in and got her healing.
This interruption, although a good interruption, caused a delay for Jairus and for his daughter.
Yet Jesus did not seem to be worried about anything. Jesus acted like He had plenty of time and was in no rush to get to Jairus’ house.
When believing for our breakthroughs, so many times we will encounter delays and detours. Sometimes delays last for months or years.
And like in the case with Jairus, while we may be frantic at times, and we’re feeling the winds of the storm and hearing the thunder roaring around us, Jesus is perfectly calm and stable. He is the Prince of Peace, our Jehovah Shalom. He is our Rock who gives us sure footing. Jesus told us that we have the authority to speak to the stormy seas and winds in our lives and tell it: “Peace, be still” and it would obey us.
When we are believing God on a matter that involves the will or actions of someone else, sometimes there will be interferences that cause delays in our prayers being answered. Someone else may not be in agreement with you. While you can pray for someone, you cannot change someone else. To try to override someone’s will or force someone through direct or covert manipulative measures, is a form of witchcraft which is to be avoided.
Sometimes delays are due to timing issues. Our timing and God’s timing are often two different things. Sometimes it works the opposite, where God is ready for you to step out right now (He says “Now is the Time”). But you may not feel you are ready yet.
Sometimes there are other factors, which we don’t know the reason for, that cause delays to receiving our promises or breakthroughs. We may not understand the reasons why, but during those times, God wants us to trust Him.
As many modern-day preachers of the Word say, “Delay does not mean denial.”
Just because it’s taking longer than you anticipated for your prayer to be answered does not mean that your request got lost in the paperwork.
Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
Just because it seems like it’s now too late or impossible doesn’t mean that God agrees with human thinking.
When I was growing up, at church we used to sing an old hymn where the chorus went like this:
Got any rivers you think are uncrossable
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through
God specializes in things thought impossible
And He will do what no other power can do.
Author: Oscar C. Eliason in 1929
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