10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
I love the way God chooses to order life. It is so often the opposite of what we consider normal. Take the saying, “seeing is believing”. With God, no, believing is seeing. He offers us so much, more than will ever agree to receive.
Much of what we receive is contingent on our believing, our faith.
In this passage, a woman in a terrible physical state still chooses to make the painful effort to go hear Jesus speak at the synagogue. Jesus calls her out and tells her she’s cured… THEN he cures her! She obviously had faith to go hear him, and believed him when he told her she was set free. Then, last, Jesus heals her physical body.
He calls us loved children of God. Do we accept that? True, it will take a lifetime to understand all God gives us, but do we choose to accept it because we believe and trust him? It’s true – I am loved. I am valued. I am an overcomer. Allow that truth to permeate your being, every corner and crevice. To believe these things is to live a life of hope, joy and thankfulness.
What else does Jesus say that you have, though you don’t see it? Hope in troubled relationships? Physical and emotional healing? Success accomplishing a lofty goal? Assuredness about making that risky decision? Courage to speak boldly? Don’t dismiss one of God’s words it because it seems to not be happening. Believe it. Believe him.
Take him at his word.
Step out in faith and watch the path appear before your foot touches the ground.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Seek God’s kingdom and prepare to be amazed. Drag your disease-ridden, aching body to church because your soul needs to be fed. Trust God will provide the money that doesn’t seem to be there. Follow his plan though it seems far-fetched. Give him your life only to gain everything. Believe there’s hope even though so far, nothing has changed. What he says will be, will be! God never lies, misleads or exaggerates. We can take him at his word no matter our circumstances.