“Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” – Mark 5:36
- How often do we come to Jesus with a “desperate faith”?
- Jesus is always concerned and can do all and does not care for the logic of others
- Jesus responds with peace, freedom, and presence
In this business world, where I spend much of my time (at least while I am employed :P), is a world that doesn’t show appreciation for “desperation”. In fact, I don’t recall a time I have heard that word used in a positive context.
Dictionary.com defines “desperate” as the below. I have italicized all the negative words or examples included in the definition.
- reckless or dangerous because of despair or urgency: a desperate killer.
- having an urgent need, desire, etc.: desperate for attention.
- leaving little or no hope; very serious or dangerous: a desperate illness.
- extremely bad; intolerable or shocking: clothes in desperate taste.
- extreme or excessive.
- making a final, ultimate effort; giving all: a desperate attempt to save a life.
- actuated by a feeling of hopelessness.
- having no hope; giving in to despair.
Did you notice 7 of the 8 definitions have a negative denotation or connotation? Which one didn’t? … That’s right point number 6. I like that one – “giving all” stands out to me and ironically the example given is to “save a life”… How nicely set up 😉
So often we come to church, we go to fellowship, we go about our walk with God and understand who He is and what He has done. We follow Him and we are certain of what we do not see – we have faith. But do we have a “desperate faith”? Do we need a “desperate faith”? And perhaps most importantly what kind of faith does God want us to have? I humbly submit the answer to be a desperate faith.
Looking at the examples of a poor sick woman with internal bleeding and a potentially well to do prominent citizen in a male synagogue leader we can see the unified path that God has presented for His believers to come to Him – one adorned with recognition (of our condition), humility, and desperation.
This piece of history speaks to me and perhaps it speaks to you. It calls out for an honest assessment of how we perceive ourselves, how we come to God, what we expect God to be able to do. I mentioned earlier how we come to church, go to fellowship, and walk with God and what I present to you is a learning from this passage on reflecting how we go about those things.
When we come to church – do we expect to encounter God in a real way in a profound and personal way every Sunday? Why not?
When we go to fellowship – do we not share God’s blessings and His trials for us and our need to yearn for all He has in store for us? Do we share vulnerably exposing ourselves in a fashion that really allows us to connect with each other?
When we walk with God – do we do so in an impassioned manner? Do we give too much care to what others may think? Do we realize we are absolutely nothing without Him? Do we know to expect God to interface with us personally? Do we “interrupt” our day let alone God (as the sick woman did) and submit a heartfelt petition?
What kind of faith do you have?