Gleaning from the Heart of Jesus

Encountering Jesus in Sickness {{Week 2}}

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

Today is day 11 of our “Gleaning…” study! I want to invite you to open up your study journal and Bible, if you have them nearby (If you haven’t had a chance to order your study journal, the link can be found at the end of today’s blog post).

The Scriptures – Matthew 4:24-25; Mark 1:32-34

“News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all. Large crowds followed him wherever he went…. (Matt. 4:24-25)”

 

“That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. The whole town gathered at the door to watch. So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak (Mark 1:32-34).”

Devotion Time

The reality of sickness is scary. Yet these people pushed past their fear and were motivated to go see Jesus. They didn’t know what would happen, once they got there. They had no idea what this encounter with Jesus would mean for their lives, but they were led by faith.

The sick were led by faith, to seek out an encounter with Jesus! (Click-to-Tweet)

Faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ is the only way to approach illnesses. God may very well decide to heal you – or He might allow the illness to continue for some divine purpose. In John 9:5, we are reminded that God can use our affliction to work in His Kingdom. It’s not for us to decide.

Keep seeking Jesus with all you have. (Click-to-Tweet)

We need only to keep seeking Jesus – bringing all we have! This is what the crowds did. They brought all they had, to offer. They didn’t  allow their fear to cause them to shrink back. Rather, they lived by faith.

This is what we get the opportunity to do, today. To live by faith. I have a quote by Joni Eareckson Tada to share with you all.

“If God chooses to heal you in answer to your prayers, that’s great. Thank Him for it. But if He chooses not to, thank Him anyway. You can be sure He has His reasons.” – Joni Eareckson Tada

Lord Jesus, sickness is hard. But like these you healed, I am putting my trust in You today. Help me to bring all that I have to offer. Build up my faith, as I keep my trust in You. Amen.

Sickness puts us in a place, of learning to bring to Jesus all we have. Keep encountering Him (Click-to-Tweet).

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