2021.04.15 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Thursday, April 15, 2021 comes to us from Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez of Dominican Republic
Matthew 9:18-26 18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. 20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. 23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region.
John 11:40 (CEB) Jesus replied, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you will see God’s glory?”
I remember the indescribable emotion I felt the first time I heard the heartbeat of my soon-to-be-born daughter. The next day, I accompanied my wife to the doctor’s office for a checkup. The exhilaration of the day before suddenly turned into fear: The doctor said that our daughter’s life was at risk. I was stunned, my faith shaken. Many fearful thoughts crossed my mind.
But that moment passed quickly when I remembered that God had always sustained me in my life’s journey. I knew that if I remained rooted in my belief that God is constantly with me, I could face whatever came. In today’s reading the synagogue leader’s faith was strong in spite of the death of his daughter. His faith led him to believe in the power of Jesus to restore her to life.
We will face doubts and difficult situations. But God wants only the best for us – full lives following the path Jesus Christ has set. We can be certain that in all circumstances God will sustain us and remain faithfully by our side.
Prayer Focus: Medical Professionals
Prayer: O God, thank you for your steadfast faithfulness in good times and in times of adversity. Amen.
Thought for the Day: God’s faithfulness to me is unwavering
—Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez
Honestly, given the circumstances that Jairon Otoniel Santana Suarez and his wife were experiencing, I think it would have taken me a lot longer to calm and begin to trust God with the future outcome of such difficult news from a doctor. I admire the depth of his faith and his willingness to trust the outcome to God’s unlimited loving grace.