When it is your time for a miracle, even the devil cannot stop it from happening. (Matthew 12:9-13)
Let me begin by telling you a quick story. After I typed this 9th lesson on my computer, the software I was using crashed before I could save it. But, I had to remind myself that I write all these by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and not from my own wisdom. I also realized that when it was my time and turn to be used by God, not even a computer application could stop me. Haha! 😂 So, I just got my own fair share of challenges against my resolve to be a blessing to others. 💪 Position yourself to receive your miracle after reading this post. 😉
Going into the miracle…
In our passage, we find a man having the Pharisees get in the way of his miracle. So, Jesus walks into their place of worship on a sabbath day and finds a man paralyzed in one arm. The Pharisees, who tasked themselves with making sure people kept the laws of God, asks Jesus a question that I consider stupid, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” Are you kidding me? 😲 Someone is in a sick and very uncomfortable position, and you’re asking whether it was right to heal him? 🙄
You see, the Pharisees were first-class hypocrites. They didn’t really care about the man getting healed on a Sabbath. They only wanted to trap Jesus and thereby regain their admiration from the people as the true keepers of the law. However, our focus is not on the hypocritical Pharisees. Our focus is on the man who, by trusting, hoping, and waiting on God, obtained his healing, and how we can relate to that. You see, prior to this day, this man was faithfully coming to the temple regularly. He did not denounce God because of his illness. Moreover, he probably had a family who depended on him for economic assistance. He probably also found it difficult to make a living with his partial paralysis. Yet, he never stopped presenting himself before God.
Now, what about you?
Have you become tired of waiting on God? Are you wondering how a God, whom the Bible portrays as a loving Father, could allow so much evil to befall His own children? Are you at your wits end? Maybe you have even stopped going to church. Remember, just like a man of God once said, “God meets us at the point of our faith, and not at the point of our needs.” I believe that too. The Bible says,
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”Hebrews 11:6
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.”2 Corinthians 4:8-10
If you do not faint in the way, you will find that there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you keep trusting, hoping and waiting on God, you will find that it will not only get to your time, but it will also get to your turn. Father, give us the grace to keep the faith. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen!
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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!