When Things Seem Hopeless

“Closer” Day 14 – When things seem hopeless, just believe…

Today’s Reading: Mark 5:21-43

Reflection Verse: 36 Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

In today’s reading, Mark begins to tell a story of a dying girl, interrupts the story to report the healing of a bleeding woman, then returns to the story of the dying girl who is now dead. The story of the dying woman acts as a testimony to Jairus, the father of the dying girl. There is no coincidence that this woman was bleeding for 12 years and that Jairus’ daughter was 12 years old.

Often times, we need the testimony of what Jesus is doing in someone else’s life, to help us through our own struggles. The fact that the bleeding woman did not even ask for healing nor did she interact with Jesus on any level prior to her healing, is a powerful of a testimony to both Jairus and us. She believed that he could heal her if she can only touch his garment, and Jesus confirms that her faith healed her.

When Jesus returns to Jairus’ situation, all hope has been lost because now, the girl is dead. Jesus’ command to Jairus is in essence this: “Don’t worry about what is happening, what did not happen, or what you thought was going to happen. Just believe. Just believe that I can fix your situation.”

And that’s exactly what Jesus does. He brings his daughter back to life.

Is there a situation in your life that you feel is hopeless? If so, turn it over to Jesus. There is nothing he can’t do. Also, do not rob yourself of the opportunity to be in the presenceof other believers. The testimony of others can be an encouragement to you in your situations when things seem hopeless.


  • What situation in your life right now needs a touch of hope?
  • Do you believe that Jesus can fix your situation?

Prayer: Lord, There is nothing you can’t do. help me to have hope in life seems hopeless. I believe that you have the power to change my circumstances. I ask that you _____. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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