October 29, 2009

Admitting a Problem

Luke 8: 40-56

Jairus … fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading … because his only daughter … was dying.
Luke 8:41-42


Parents of young children typically enjoy their growing spirit of independence when they say, “I want to do it myself!” But a few years later, the same parents may ask the same child, “Why didn’t you come to us sooner?” Finding the balance between self-reliance and running for help may not be as obvious as we think it is.

A woman subject to bleeding for twelve years needed Christ’s healing. She hoped to get it without admitting her problem. A dying daughter needed help. Jairus pleaded as any father would in such a situation. Jesus healed both, even though he allowed for some wailing for a time, and he told the people not to tell anyone. The faith of the woman brought healing, and the trust and obedience of a synagogue ruler led to joy.

It’s a sign of health and self-confidence when we’re willing to admit that we need help with our problems. Not all problems are as severe as a chronic medical condition or a terminal illness. Some problems hide behind disruptive or dysfunctional behaviors and have been around for years. Whatever is involved, we must learn that we all need help at one time or another.

Followers of Jesus know they cannot handle their problem of sin’s severe grip on them by themselves. It’s wise to admit there are situations that require asking for outside help.

Healer of diseases and relationships, help us to know when to turn to you and also when to seek the help of others. We want to be as healthy as possible to serve you. Amen.

About the author — George Vink

Pastor George Vink has served as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church for more than 30 years in British Columbia, Montana, Michigan, and California. He and his wife, Shirley, have four married sons and nine grandchildren.

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