«But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying,to not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well’” (Luke 8:50).
The daughter of Jairo was sick and dying. The death of an only child A was considered a great tragedy, because they would be the one who preserved the name of the family (see SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 769). A leader or ‘ruler” of the synagogue knelt at the feet of Jesus begging Him for help. ‘The ruler’s house was not far distant, but Jesus and His companions advanced slowly, for the crowd pressed Him on every side. The anxious father was impatient of delay; but Jesus, pitying the people, stopped now and then to relieve some suffering one, or to comfort a troubled heart.»—The Desire of Ages, ch. 36, p. 342. The faith and expectations of this high-ranking religious officer were interrupted. How do you react when facing a delay, when your expectations are not satisfied?
Why did Jesus take so long this time* If He had wanted to, He could heal someone immediately, even at a distance. However, on two occasions He waited until the person had died before completing His miracle. Jesus is God, and He knows when the perfect moment for a miracle is; this is not necessarily when we demand Him to act, but it is always in our best interest. then you experience the loss of a loved one, or of your job, your hea1t:h, or something else of value to you, don’t abandon your faith. Stay close to the ray of hope: Jesus will resolve your situation in His time and in His way.
Evidence of this is that when Jesus and Jairus reached the house, the girl was raised from the dead.
«When we do not receive the very things, we asked for, at the time we ask, we are still to believe that the Lord hears and that He will answer our prayers. We are so erring and short-sighted that we sometimes ask for things that would not be a blessing to us, and our heavenly Father in love answers our prayers by giving us that which will be for our highest good—that which we ourselves would desire if with vision divinely enlightened, we could see all things as they really are. When our prayers seem not to be answered, we are to cling to the promise; for the time of answering will surely come, and we shall receive the blessing we need most. But to claim that prayer will always be answered in the very way and for the particular thing that we desire, is presumption. God is too wise to err, and too good to withhold any good thing from them that walk uprightly. Then do not fear to trust Him, even though you do not see the immediate answer to your prayers.“—Steps to Christ, ch. 11, p. 96.
Keep up your hope, even if right now you do not see the light at the end of the tunnel.