TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Every sickness can be healed
– if He wills.
RESTORING OF THE WOMAN WITH A SPIRIT OF INFIRMITY
Sickness was no excuse with this woman for tarrying from God’s house. In spite of suffering and infirmity, she found her way to the place where the day and the Word were honoured and where the people of God met. And truly she was blessed! She found a rich reward in all her pains. She came sorrowing and went home rejoicing! The conduct of this suffering Jewess may well put to shame many a strong and healthy professing Christian. How many in the full enjoyment of bodily vigour allow the most frivolous excuses to keep them away from the house of God! How many think it a great matter if they attend the public worship of God once on Sunday and regard a second attendance as a needless excess of zeal akin to fanaticism! How few know anything of David’s spirit (Ps 122:1)! Yet if we cannot enjoy a few hours in God’s service once a week in this world, it is plain that we could not enjoy an eternity in His service in the world to come. Too many have no heart for God’s service.
What almighty power our Lord has! With Christ nothing is impossible. This healing can provide comfort to sin-sick souls. Christ can soften hearts which seem as hard as the millstone. He can bend stubborn wills which have long been set on self-pleasing, sin and the world. He can create, transform, renew, break down, build and quicken with irresistible power. There are no, incurable cases with Christ. Let us never despair about the salvation of others for as long as we live. Let us name them before the Lord day and night and cry to Him on their behalf. Let us have Job’s belief (Job 42:2).
Our Lord defended the right observance of the sabbath day by sharply rebuking the criticism of the synagogue ruler (Luke 13:14-15). If it was allowable to tend to the wants of beasts on the sabbath, how much more to human creatures! Works of necessity and mercy were not prohibited on the sabbath. The sabbath was made for man’s benefit, not his hurt.
THOUGHT: Do I hate those times when I was prevented from being with God’s people in the worship of God? If not, why not?
PRAYER: Father, may I long to be found in Thy house.