Bible Reference: Luke 9:43
Translation: The Voice (VOICE)
Bible Text: 43 The crowd began cheering and discussing this amazing healing and the power of God….
OBSERVATION: Jesus had just healed the demonic filled son. at the request of his dad. All the people around Jesus that saw this shouted cheers of joy and amazement as they marveled over the power of God. Does that sound like the ending of your church service each Sunday morning? I believe that the excitement of seeing Jesus at work in the lives of our fellow worshipers will cause us to leave our services rejoicing and filled with hope that we could be next! Let’s meditate on why this may not happen often enough for us!
APPLICATION: I once had a discouraged pastor share with me about a parishioner who got on to him because he was allowing too much sharing time by members at our weekly prayer meeting. For the accuser felt like the pastor was being paid to teach and preach at the Wednesday night service, so in his opinion, he should do so. Unfortunately we may hear very complaints if we allowed something similar at our Sunday services. I wonder if we have become so used to the idea of being entertained at home, at the movies, and almost anywhere else we go, that it actually creates animosity when we are not entertained in the same way at church. Think with me for a moment about attending church each weekend and you are entertained by good singing and preaching, but back at home you sit back and wonder: was anyone in the congregation touched by God? Think about the fact that you were really hoping that you would have been encouraged in some way about the possibility of knowing that God was at work in at least a few fellow worshipers. Imagine how exciting it would be to end a church service in a time of celebration of how God miraculously healed a friend right next to you, and how a church member felt relieved from the burden they were carrying when they entered the service. Do you suppose that you would be more led to believe that our God is alive and well, and that there is great hope in knowing that He could also touch your life, heal your diseases, lead, direct and uphold you through every walk of life? Friends, our God has not changed. He’s still God and He is able to still do all that He promised in His Word. Won’t you consider drawing nigh to Him and allow Him to draw nigh to you? He loves you beyond anything you could imagine!
PRAYER: Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all thy hands have made… and all You have done for me, I can’t help but worship You and adore You for who You are. Thank You for the reminder in today’s Scripture that You are still in the healing business and Your wondrous works are beyond my comprehension. But more than anything, I know that You have not changed, and the same power I read about in Your Word is still available to us who believe today. Oh that we may worship You and honor Your holy name Oh Lord. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done, for thine is the kingdom and the glory, for ever and forever. AMEN!