|Today’s Scripture: Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Isaiah 35:4-5|
|Yesterday, we looked at the story of the man healed from palsy from the perspective of friendship. As we know, there are two sides to every story. Now, it is time to look at this account from the point of the man who was paralyzed. We do not know much about this man aside from the fact that his sins were forgiven and his disease was healed.
However, we can use the palsy he endured as a picture of what sin and isolation can do to us. Sometimes, we cannot see the places where we need correction and encouragement. It often takes a friend in the faith to grab us by the hand and lead us back onto the path … or in this case out of our paralyzed state.
Perhaps you don’t want to let people in, maybe you would much rather keep all your struggles to yourself. Privacy is your policy. Friend, we do not have enough strength in and of ourselves to make it through this life. Imagine what this man’s life would have been like had it not been for his friends. Nowhere in this passage does it say he denied the need for the help or was embarrassed to accept it.
You need to let the Lord work through your pastor and your brothers and sisters in Christ in your life to help you. Don’t remain paralyzed by fear, bitterness, anger, or the need for control of your circumstances. Let the Lord work through others, so that in the end, He may better work through you.
There is no need to be embarrassed. Sometimes, it takes accepting a surprise effort on the rooftop for us to be able to stand up and walk.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.