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A Better Voice

By admin
30 April 2015

Life can get busy: we have commitments and we have deadlines. In all this, we have to prioritize and sacrifice; if we don't, it's inevitable - we will break down. But  how do we maintain composure and keep sane in the midst of this busy life?

Life has many voices - the voice of our emotions; the voice of our past failures; and the voice of bad news from our casual observers. There's a voice I know: it always carries the good news. Every time it speaks, it shoots adrenalin to our souls. Everyone who has allowed this voice to fall in their ears, whether a regal or a commoner, has found joy and peace - they won't trade this voice for anything in this world or the world to come.

This voice was a better voice in Jarius' life. "And one of the synagogue officials named Jaruis came up , and upon seeing Him, fell at His feet, and entreated Him earnestly, saying, please come and lay your hands on her, that she may get well and live."

We all know the story in Mark 5: Jesus went off with Jarius to pray for his daughter, and in between their departure and destiny, there was a woman with an issue of blood that had tormented her for twelve years who touched the helm of Jesus' garment and was immediately healed.

In verse 34, Jesus praised her faith saying, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." And it further says, "While He was still speaking, they came from the House of the synagogue official, saying, 'Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher anymore?;' But Jesus overhearing what was being spoken, said to the synagogue official, ‘Do not be afraid any longer, only believe.'"

Jarius' employees were a negative voice wanting Jarius to give up on his dream. How many people said to you are not fit for a certain position? How many people said your business won't prosper? How many people said you're not good for anything? But Jesus being a better voice assures us not to be afraid but to believe. Maybe Jesus knows that fear is more crippling than failure itself.

"And they came to the house of synagogue official; and He beheld a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, "Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep." And they began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He took along the child's father and mother and His own companions, and entered the room where the child was. And taking the child by hand, He said to her, "Talitha Kumi!" (Which translated means, "Little girl, I say to you arise!) And immediately the girl rose and began to walk."

Jesus told the mourners that the daughter is not dead. If they were really mourning, why did they not rebuke Him? Instead, they chose to laugh. Why a sudden change of emotions? In the first place, I gather that they were not there to comfort Jarius, but for gossip. They are people who will pretend to support you but in essence they are looking for something to make a scorn of.

Jesus is teaching us to let go of people who are not hearing the same voice as us and embrace a companion that always support the voice of God in our life. No matter how intimidating the situation can be, the voice of Jesus will come out triumphantly. He is the voice of hope, courage, joy, love and peace.

Pastor Lulamile Sifuba

@LulamileSifuba

Change Bible Church, Daveyton