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Desperate Measures

Single and getting older, I was seeking out and trying to sustain romantic relationships on my own strength. I was desperate. I trusted the Lord, but I trusted my ability more. What I needed to be desperate in was my faith, so the weight of my problems could be put all on Jesus. 

We see in Luke 8:40-56 two desperate situations and how faith defines their outcomes. The characters are totally different, but the solution for both is the same: Jesus. 

The “unclean” woman is so desperate she believes with all her heart that even the hem of Jesus’ robe can heal her. With that audacious mindset, “She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped” (Luke 8:44). 

The man comes before Jesus on his knees begging Him to save his dying daughter. The man’s faith is real, but it is tested when someone reports that his daughter is dead (Luke 8:49). Jarius is heartbroken and defeated. But Jesus goes to Jarius’ home and brings his daughter to life. 

Both individuals needed Jesus, both came in good faith believing in His power, but only one reaped immediate results. Had Jarius believed desperately in the Lord's sovereign power like the woman did, Jesus may not have had to travel to his home. “Just believe, and she will be healed,” Jesus said in Luke 8:50.

But here’s the amazing thing: Even though Jarius' faith wasn't what it needed to be, God still blessed him. Celebrate that even when our faith isn’t as bold as it should be, Jesus still meets our needs.


  • What blessings are you desperately longing for?
  • Is it possible that you, too, are delaying the results you desire by not surrendering the need completely to Jesus?
  • Do you have a desperate faith that leads you to next steps in your walk with Christ? 

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