BRP Insight Post for Week of February 18, 2019:
The story of Jesus healing the paralytic has always intrigued me. In Matthew 9 verse 2, it says that some people brought the paralyzed man to Jesus and that seeing their faith, Jesus said, “Be encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.” It seems to imply that Jesus was referring to the faith of the friends who brought the man and yet, His response to the man is that his sins are forgiven. My guess is that Jesus’ response is not what the man was expecting; the hope of his friends, and probably for him as well, was for physical healing. In Jesus’ mercy and compassion, He gives the man his desire and heals him physically as well as spiritually.
God is always at work around us in ways that we can see and also in ways that are hidden from our view. But His primary concern is what’s going on inside of us, always. He wants our love and full devotion above all and will work circumstances to shape our hearts to look like Jesus’ heart. His desire is to fully and completely heal us, but that healing may not look like we think it should. Physical healing may not happen, but we can always count on Him working on our hearts through our infirmities if we allow Him to.
It’s so important to surround ourselves with people who strengthen and encourage our faith. At our darkest times of need, their faith can carry us. Those faithful friends can also remind us of what we know is true but may be struggling to remember.
In what ways do you see God working in and around you?
Executive Director of Education and Outreach