Jesus is never too busy for you

Years ago, I was a frequent user of smokeless tobacco. I also drank a lot, but that is a sermon for another day. I was working at a grocery store at the time and a co-worker voiced his opposition to smokeless tobacco. I told him, ‘I know I should probably quit, but it’s not always easy.’ That’s when he suggested that I ask Jesus to help. Being the lost man I was at the time, I remember telling him that God was busy enough and didn’t need to bother himself with me. You don’t have to tell me. I already know that was a horrible thing to say. Remember, though, I was not a Christian at the time. If I ever see that former co-worker, I will tell him that I have since realized Jesus is never too busy to help. In the meantime, I’ll give you an example proving Jesus multi-tasks.

In the fifth chapter of Mark, a ruler of a synagogue makes his way through a crowd of people surrounding Jesus. The ruler’s name is Jairus and he asks Jesus to heal his ailing daughter. According to verse 23, the girl was at the point of death when Jairus left their home for help. After they head towards the man’s residence, a woman with some sort of bleeding issue touches Jesus’ garment. She knew that if she could just touch His clothes, she would be healed (Mark 5:28).

When Jesus realizes what has taken place, he stops and asks the crowd surrounding Him for the person who touched His clothes. The disciples point out the many people surrounding Jesus and question why He would ask who touched Him. If Jairus was anything like me, he may have been thinking, “Let’s get a move on here!” Still, Jesus takes the time to stop, ask and listen to the lady explain why she touched Him (verse 33). After saying her faith made her whole, Jesus then continues his journey to the home of Jairus where he performs a miracle and brings the man’s child back to life. (Psst: That’s after people in the home laugh at him for saying she is only sleeping).

The point of all this is to say that, no matter who you are, no matter your situation, Jesus is not too busy for you. If you have a problem, seek Him. Now, this does not mean that you should expect immediate results, nor does it mean that you will get exactly what you desire. It could be that you coming to Jesus is more important. Remember, God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). Meanwhile, the Maker of space and time has all the time in the world.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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