He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He…took the child by the hand, and said… “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked.
Mark 5:39-42 (NKJV)
We’ve been on a series about what it takes to develop the kind of stubborn faith that sees the miraculous,
and one thing this faith won’t tolerate is sarcasm or cynicism.
In Mark 5, we find an example of when Jesus raised a girl back to life. One thing I want you to notice is Jesus’ reaction to the people who ridiculed His faith.
Sarcasm and cynicism are really doubt and unbelief, communicated in a way to diminish you. It’s prideful and arrogant, and Jesus wouldn’t tolerate it. The first thing Jesus did when He came into the girl’s home was He sent those sarcastic people out.
Sarcasm and cynicism oppose stubborn faith, which is why you can’t be around people who ridicule your faith if you want to develop the kind of faith that sees the miraculous. You need to surround yourself with those who will believe with you, not incite doubt and unbelief in you, especially when you’re facing a storm.
This may mean you need to set boundaries with some of your friends and family, letting them know that you need them to be positive around you. It may even mean that you need to separate yourself from some of the people in your life. And if you tend to speak negatively, replace that habit with claiming God’s promises instead.
It will be worth it to develop the kind of stubborn faith that sees the miraculous!