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  • Writer's pictureJoshua Cole

Troubling the Teacher



Mark 5:35-36 and 40-42

While he was still speaking to her, messengers arrived from the home of Jairus, the leader of the synagogue. They told him, “Your daughter is dead. There’s no use troubling the Teacher now.” But Jesus overheard them and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just have faith.”


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, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.


Don’t be afraid to trouble the Teacher.


Have faith.


Don’t be afraid to trouble your soul.


Have faith.



Faith is a seed; it must be planted in something.


Plant faith in the willingness of Jesus to walk with you till the end.


Plant faith in the word of Jesus to make all things new.


Plant faith in the resilience of your soul to endure the suffering along the way.



When you’re tempted to believe that there’s no use to trouble, just have faith.


When you’re encouraged to give up, just have faith.


When you’re afraid, just have faith.



Trouble the Teacher? Jairus was only following Jesus to Jairus’ house.


Jesus is on His way with you to your heart’s deepest desire.


Our desires about the “whens” and the “hows” aren’t the deepest.


The desires about the “whos” are the deepest.

Are you willing to trouble Jesus with your desire to be close to Him?


To have Him come into your house and resurrect what’s been lost to you?


How can you embrace trouble today while you walk with Jesus?

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