Matthew – God’s Purposes

When we are sick, most of us have a have few close friends or family members who will look in on us, provide help and speak words of comfort. If they are believers, they will pray for God’s healing for us. We are grateful for these friends and family who have hearts to help in the best way possible by just “being there” for us.

But what about those who are chronically ill. They seem to be beyond our normal way of life and not on our radar. We don’t understand what they are going through and we sometimes subtly judge them in our hearts and minds. (Yes, we do!) We’d like to think we don’t but we do at times by merely ignoring them. They become outcasts to our “normal”. We don’t know how to help so we stop helping. We don’t know what to say so we stop talking. We don’t know how to comfort so we stop coming by. We even stop praying when healing doesn’t come.

I think about this as I attempt to get inside the mind, heart and soul of the woman with the chronic bleeding disorder who got up and dressed herself as best she could, rushed into the crowd following Jesus who was on his way to raise a little girl from the dead! “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well”. This is her goal. Jesus’ power to heal has become her determination to be well.

The song going through my mind right now is an old hymn chorus…

My Jesus knows just what I need.
My Jesus knows just what I need.
He satisfies and every need supplies
Jesus knows just what I need.

The woman picks up her pace even though she is so weak from blood loss, the source of life for her physical body. If only, if only she mutters to herself. She is getting closer to Him who heals. She can hear his voice. If only, if only…she makes one last concerted effort to dive at the feet of Jesus and touch the hem of his garment. As soon as she touches this part of Jesus, a power surges leaps from the Son of God into her body. Every part of who she was is now overwhelmed by Jesus’ power. Jesus knows that His power has been released to her. “Your faith has made you well.” What an encouragement! Jesus has healed an outcast from society because of her illness and restored her to full health in all ways!

Is there not a tear coming to your eyes? Tears are flowing from mine. Can you imagine the power of Jesus flowing from His Body to hers? Do we realize this can happen to us?

My Jesus knows just what I need
Yes, He knows just what I need
He satisfies and every need supplies
Jesus knows just what I need.

THEN, that’s not all! Jesus makes his way to the home of a beloved little girl who has just died. He shows God’s glory once again by raising her to full health from DEATH! She is restored to her family…all because of the faith of the one who begged Jesus to come into his house to save his little girl.

Do you see the correlation between our faith and the expression of the power and glory of God expressed?

My Jesus knows just what I need…

Take time to thank God for all He has done to save us, restore us, grow us and heal us. There are not enough words but He will appreciate our effort to live grateful lives before Him.

Matthew 9, NKJV
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.” 19 So Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples.

Matthew 9, hem20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

Matthew 9 Jesus raises a girl23 When Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, 24 He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. 25 But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went out into all that land.

Both of these healings and restoration are a part of God’s Word because of the evidence of faith and to show the power and glory of God.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for healing and restoring me. Thank you for your continual work in and through me by the power of Your Holy Spirit who lives in me.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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