#6. Sometimes, Jesus can visit an entire city just to meet one person. (Mark 5:1-20)
According to Elizabeth Fletcher, ‘On the Sea of Galilee, there are frequent storms.’ And I suppose that everyone at that time knew that. So, why did Jesus and His disciples embark on such a dangerous journey at night which nearly cost them their lives (Mark 4:35-41)? It was just so that Jesus could have a personal encounter with one man. You see, this man had been deranged and tormented by demons for a long time (Luke 8:27). He had no hope of being saved. He was a “walking dead.” Nobody wanted him. Even his family members must have given up on Him. Then Jesus shows up, knowing fully well that if he healed the man, it would mean that He could not further His cause in the city, yet, He healed him anyway, because that was His sole purpose of embarking on that dangerous journey that night. He came just for the one man whom no one else wanted.
Now, listen to what God is about to tell you. You might be facing a dire need right now, or praying for the salvation of a brother, sister, son, daughter, friend, coworker or even an enemy. Just hang in there and don’t you ever give up, for God will come through for you and them, in HIS OWN TIME. Remember, from our previous points, God is ever willing to heal, is deeply moved by our faith, and expects us to grow in faith. In time, I’ll share with you a testimony of my prayers for the salvation of both my brother and my cousin.
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I was around 5 when, I am strongly convinced, I first heard the distinct voice of God. But, not until I was 11 (2002) did I have a personal encounter with Him. I was in my room that night, about to pray before bed, when I saw a revelation of how filthy my heart was. I didn't argue with God that I was too young to have such amount of filth ('cause I believed I was a 'good boy,' by human standards, at least). I simply cried uncontrollably in brokenness of heart - "The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God" (Psalm 51:17) - and He didn't.
Still crying uncontrollably, I left my room and went to the living room, where my parents were watching the nightly news on TV. After I managed to tell them about the revelation I saw, my sweet mum took me to her room and led me to Christ. I got saved that night. And 6 years later, I discovered my purpose and assignment on earth, which is raising up men and women to be godly, and teaching them the simplicity of Christianity. More than a decade later, I am still fulfilling that purpose to His glory. Hallelujah!