The book of Proverbs is often said to be an instruction manual for life. The central theme and the first bit of wisdom taught within its pages is to fear the Lord. That doesn’t mean to hide or tremble in fear, but rather to fully understand who God is. To be in awe of Him and His power. Once we understand the enormity of God, we are His children and He is our Father. Just like a father here on earth is obligated to love and protect his children, God promises us His love and protection. We have a safe home in Him and a place of refuge when life becomes too much. To fear the Lord is a wonderful thing because once you know Him you will never be the same!
Waiting on God and His plan can seem like an impossible task. But this verse about waiting on God gives us the promise we need to keep moving forward.
First, God has a plan for your life. Second, His plan is good. And last, whatever God has for you, it will come. Wait for it, even when it feels like it will never happen, wait. God hasn’t forgotten you or His promise to you. He has you exactly where you should be. No matter what… nothing can stop God’s plan. It will not delay!
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We like to compare ourselves to the people from the Bible. But it’s usually the strong, noble ones that we look to for inspiration. Like Esther and her unwavering faith in the face of adversity, or Paul’s resolute attitude about his imprisonment. They did amazing things for the kingdom of God. And sometimes we are like them, empowered and ready to fight the good fight. But other times we are more like the paralyzed man in Matthew 9 who had to be carried to Jesus. At first glance his story seems like a sad one and not someone we would want to be like. But God’s word is clear that this man and his friends had faith in Jesus and what He could do.
And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
But Jesus, knowing what was in their thoughts, said, “Why do think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”- then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house.
Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
Jesus is the goal of every believer. And to experience His healing touch when we are weak is what we need most. Within this story, I see two ways for us to get to Him.
First, we are like the paralytic man who needed to be carried to Jesus. He had faith that Jesus could heal him if only he could find a way to get to Him. But he couldn’t do it on his own, so his friends carried him to Jesus. Just like this man, we all have times of weakness. It may be a physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual pain. Whatever the cause, we need a friend to carry us to the Savior, because we are not strong enough to get to Jesus on our own. In our pain, they are the light that leads us to Jesus, the only One who can heal us of our hurt.
Second, we are like the friends of the paralytic man. They too had faith that Jesus could heal their friend. So, they made a plan, put their friend on a bed, and carried him to Jesus to be healed. Sometimes, the roles are reversed and our loved ones are weak and need us to carry them to Jesus. It’s our turn to be the light pointing the way to Jesus. As much as we may want to fix whatever is hurting them, the best thing we can do is to be a friend who will take them to Jesus so that He can heal their pain.We are not always strong, sometimes we’re weak. But that’s okay. Because #Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9Click To Tweet
We are not always strong, sometimes we’re weak. But that’s okay. Because Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 If we are willing to accept that God can use us even in our weakness, then a whole new world of opportunity opens up for us to serve in God’s kingdom. We can display the same kind of faith that the paralytic man and his friends showed by taking our hurts to Jesus. Then, when we allow Jesus to work through us, even when we are weak, we are strong. The next time we find that we are weak or that a friend is in need, let’s remember that Jesus is the only One who can truly heal us. Carry or be carried, either way, just get to Jesus and be healed by His grace and power!
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It’s hard to comprehend the power of the Holy Spirit. So, we draw a line in the sand around what we think He is capable of. But as this Bible Verse about the power of the Holy Spirit attests to, our limited imagination doesn’t confine His power.
Jesus said in this verse from Acts 1:8 that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. This is our promise from the Savior, that we would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and all that He brings. Wise counsel for the days ahead. Comfort in times of need. And power to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the rest of the world.
May you be blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit!