Did you get your hopes up that God was going to do something for you, then it just got worse? You thought he was going to save your job, then the whole company shut down. You thought he was going to provide the money for the minor repairs on your car, then the whole engine blew up. You thought God had brought you the man of your dreams, then he turned out to be a nightmare. You thought this whole thing was looking up, then it all fell apart.
I heard something this morning that shook me. It woke me up. It met me in my little pity party of things only getting worse when I thought they were getting better. Here were the words I heard. God isn’t just doing his best here. He’s not showing up with limited resources and limited time, hoping he can stop the bleeding of your gaping wound. He’s not sitting back wondering if he can really change this, fix this, or help this. He’s not overwhelmed with your problem and showing up on the scene to offer the best he can do with no certainty of it being good enough.
God’s not just doing his best, HE IS THE BEST. He knows best. He does best. He holds the best. He’s aligning the best. The best timing, the best outcome, the best breakthrough, the best scenario. But here’s the thing about God … he’s not stressed about your timeline. Nor is he stressed about your picture of how you think it’s all supposed to work out. He holds the best and his best is what it will be. Even when it first gets worse. God’s best is still aligned for you.
Have you heard the story in scripture of Jairus? Jairus was the father of a little girl who was sick. She wasn’t just sick, she was dying. He was desperate for Jesus’ healing touch of his daughter, and he knew there wasn’t much time. So Jairus runs to Jesus in the crowd and falls at his feet, begging for him to come touch his daughter and heal her. Mark 5:24, “Jesus went with him, and all the people followed, crowding around him.”
So Jesus is coming to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter. YES, God is doing something. I’m leading him to my house. But all of a sudden there’s an interruption, and for 10 verses Jesus has completely stopped in the crowd to heal a woman who had touched his robe. For 10 verses, Jesus’ forward progress toward healing Jairus’ daughter has stopped. And Jairus knew there was no time to waste, but Jesus seemed to be wasting time. He was healing someone else, while his daughter was running out of time.
Do you ever feel like God is busy answering everyone else’s prayers but yours? Like you’ve been praying and seeking, and while you’re still waiting, you see others getting fast answers and immediate results. That’s just dang frustrating isn’t it? But remember, God isn’t just doing his best here to handle all these countless requests and yours is somewhere lost in the pile. He’s not doing his best … HE IS BEST! He knows best. He holds best. He aligns best.
After 10 verses of Jesus stopping to heal someone else in the crowd while Jairus is left waiting for Jesus to keep coming with him, things get worse. Way worse. Mark 4, verse 35, While Jesus is still speaking to this woman in the crowd he stopped to heal, “Messengers arrived from the home of Jairus. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.”
Things got worse. Way worse. Jairus went from thinking Jesus was coming to heal his daughter, to a delay that resulted in his daughter’s death. Was Jesus just doing the best he could do, and he ran out of time? Did Jesus get distracted? Did Jesus have to make a choice to heal just one, and the woman in the crowd was his best choice?
It seems that way sometimes, doesn’t it? You see others get their miracle and you’re still waiting. And while you wait, it only gets worse. And when it gets worse, you’re left to question if God can’t do it for you, or if he just doesn’t want to.
Is that where you’re at with that lost job, that broken car, that failing marriage, that diagnosis, that wayward child, that deep loneliness, that overwhelming disappointment … You don’t know why God can’t do it for you as he does it for others, but maybe his best just isn’t good enough to help you too.
Let me tell you something, Sis, God isn’t stressed about your situation. He’s not backed in a corner with limited options and dwindling time. He’s not overwhelmed with how he can do this. He knows best. He holds best. He aligns best. The best is what it will be, and your understanding of it doesn’t change the divine nature of it being best.
So what happens when Jesus’ delay healing another woman in the crowd allows Jairus’ daughter to die? God’s BEST! His best wasn’t cancelled. His best was still unfolding. Even when it looked like things just got worse.
So things look like they just got worse for you, don’t they? God always saw this coming. His best is still in the works. He’s not going to just try his best, he’s going to do THE BEST. The best will come of us. And this “best” has no limitations of timeline, resources, probability or sensibility. It doesn’t have to make sense. It doesn’t have to be probable or even possible. Time can run out and every possibility can be all the way gone, and God will still bring the BEST!
Verses 36-42, “Jesus overheard them (as they told him it was too late and his daughter had already died) and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”
Then Jesus stopped the crowd and wouldn’t let anyone go with him except Peter, James, and John. When they came to Jairus’ home, Jesus saw much commotion and weeping and wailing. He went inside and asked, “Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.”
The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying. Holding her hand, he said to her, “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.”
Things had gotten so much worse in the process for Jairus, but God’s best was not cancelled. His little girl got up solely because Jesus called her to get up. She was healed. No matter how bad it was. No matter how late it was. No matter what everyone else thought or said. No matter the diagnosis or prognosis. God brought the BEST, and God’s BEST can’t be stopped.
As I read this scripture this morning, Jesus words, “Little girl, get up”, made my spirit leap. He’s saying this to me today. And he’s saying this to you. You’ve been disappointed thinking this situation is maybe just the best God can do. You’re trying to make peace with the disappointment, questioning if God’s power is limited in this area of your life. You’ve wondered if maybe God was too busy to care about you personally, so you’ve been left waiting while things only get worse.
Little girl, get up. You cannot see what God sees. You do not know what God knows. Your timeline is here and now, and God’s timeline is eternal. He’s holding the BEST for you, aligning the BEST for you, and calling you to get up. Get up now. This isn’t over. It’s not too late. It may have gotten worse, but Jesus is still in control. He’s not stressing or sweating wondering how he’s going to work this all out. Jesus knows exactly what is happening and how he is going to work this all out, with a perfect eternal plan in hand that has your name all over it.
Jesus knew the little girl wasn’t dead, she was only asleep. And he knows you’re not stuck, this is just a pothole on your journey. Get up now. God still has the BEST for you.