Today’s Encouragement is Luke 4:38 ESV And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf.
They appealed to Him –
Didn’t Jesus know that Simon’s mother was sick? Hadn’t He already known of this pressing need and concern of His chosen disciple, Simon Peter, the still-new disciple whom Jesus knew would become the Rock of His church.
This group appealed to Him; other translations even say they ‘begged Him’… to help her…
Now, we cannot (ever) claim to know the ‘why’ for His actions, although we can sometimes make a good guess based on biblical perspective, so, is it possible that Jesus waited to provide her the healing she so desperately needed (the group appealed to Him for her) … until these others ‘appealed’ to Him?
Friends, it is clear in many interactions with Christ, that it is family and friends, even employers, who brought people to Jesus, or brought to Him the needs of others, for His Mercy, Grace, and Healing. While many came to Him on their own, seeking His help, many others were brought by others (Sir, my daughter is sick! Lord, my son is possessed. Lord, your friend Lazarus is ill! And they made a hole in the roof and lowered the paralyzed man down to Jesus…)
Friends, it is we, those who believe, who bring to Him the needs of others, who may or not believe.
Father help us to see the needs of others, grant us eyes and understanding, and help us to appeal to You, to diligently, patiently, and faithfully, bring to You the needs of those around us… and then to steadfastly trust You, waiting patiently for Your perfect time, Your perfect solution.
My Friend, How can I pray for you? And for whom are you praying today?
I’m praying for you