My devotion this morning was on Matt 9:20-22. It is a pretty familiar story for most of us who have traveled around God’s Word for any length of time. Today, as I prayed it would, it struck me in a fresh way.
I have typically considered this story from a physical healing perspective and have often referred to this particular event when teaching on FAITH. I have always loved considering what this woman “TOLD HERSELF”.
Today, the word ISSUE got my attention. The truth is, I have got me some “ISSUES”.
I like to think that the new Freedom that I found in Christ 25 years ago wiped all my issues away but really, it has not. Not completely, not yet.
Don’t get me wrong. I am so much “Free-er” (my word) today than I once was but I really believe that God has MORE Freedom for me to enjoy. God always has MORE!
The woman in the story had an “Issue of Blood”. That is not my “Issue”. My issues have to do with people. My issues have to do with self discipline. My issues have to do with keeping FOCUS. My issues have to do with managing my finances. My issues have to do with personal insecurities that continue to challenge me and trip me up.
The Good News in this story (There is ALWAYS GOOD NEWS in God’s Word) is that “Jesus “turned and saw her”.
JESUS TURNED AND SAW HER!!
He stopped what He was doing. He altered His path. He tuned out the crowds. He stopped moving forward. He stopped His next step. He halted His journey. He shifted His gears. He TURNED His head around. He responded. He blessed. He loved. He cared. He praised. He complimented. He spoke kind words. He encouraged. He changed everything!!
THAT, my friend, is the key to FREEDOM…Physical, Mental and Spiritual Freedom!!
JESUS TURNED AND SAW HER!!!
It just blesses my heart today to know that my Jesus, my Saviour, my LORD…has turned His eyes upon me.
How about you….have you got some issues today?
Grab hold of Jesus and SAY TO YOURSELF….”He will make me well!!”
Grab Him! He will turn His head towards you.
He SEES our weaknesses, our hurts, our needs, our fears, our desires…..our ISSUES!! and He Heals them..
Day by Day, Hour by Hour. GLORY!