“But the crowd laughed at him because they all knew she had died. Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, My child, get up! And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up!” (Luke 8:53-55, NLT).
In Luke 8 Jesus calms a storm, commands a large number of evil spirits to come out of a man, heals a woman who suffered from a bleeding condition for twelve years, and raises a little girl from the dead!
This amazing series of events demonstrated Jesus’ authority over disease, the elements of this earth, and death. And, these events illustrate the restorative power of faith!
During the final miraculous event in this series, the restoration of life to the little girl, Jesus was laughed at by a crowd of people. These people had seen the little girl’s dead body or had heard about it from those who had seen the dead girl and they were incredulous when Jesus declared she was not dead.
But, when Jesus arrived on the scene, He changed the facts!
When we distrust or mistrust God’s sufficiency for our lives, it is almost like we join with this crowd in laughing at the divine power and authority of Jesus.
God can and will infiltrate our lives and handle our problems if we trust Him. But, the way God handles our problems and the subsequent outcomes aren’t always what we anticipate or even how we want God to handle it.
God’s possibilities and solutions often seem incomprehensible to us, even absurd. That’s because our false conceptions and low expectations of God limit our faith in Him.
And, when we don’t have faith in His capacity to rule and reign over our daily lives, it’s like we put God in a box. In our minds, we make God too small to handle the big and complex problems of our our lives.
But, Jesus routinely calmed storms, drove out the devil, healed disease, restored life, and saved souls. It was just all in a day’s work for Jesus.
So, is there any misfortune we can encounter that God can’t handle?
God is able if we can trust Him!
“For the Lord your God is among you, and he is a great and awesome God” (Deuteronomy 7:21, HCSB).