Proverbs 1 12-1-21

We trust God by spending time with Him and by watching Him prove Himself faithful time and again.

23 If you turn at my reproof, behold [see with different eyes], I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

Wisdom is seeing through God’s eyes;
faith is seeing through Jesus’ eyes.

What did Jesus see? “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” We are to see ourselves the same way, and others that way, too. How can we get mad at our neighbor when we realize that he or she is harassed and helpless, like a sheep without a shepherd? How can we get mad at ourselves? We are the same way.

Shepherds provide everything for their sheep. Why? Because sheep are dumb (from someone who owns sheep). They need someone to take care of them. Otherwise, they’ll eat too much, drink from dangerous pools and streams, wander into dangerous places or stay in the same place until there is no more grass; they can’t take care of their wool when it gets too heavy, or doctor their own eyes when they become infected (a regular thing), and they can’t protect themselves. Wait…we’re still talking about sheep, right? For a moment there, I thought we were describing mankind’s spiritual state. Oh, we were? Gotcha.

Jesus:

  1. Healed and cleansed the leper (Matthew 8:1-4)
  2. Healed the centurion’s servant–long distance (v5-13)
  3. Healed Peter’s mother-in-law (v14-15)
  4. Healed all who were sick and cast out demons (v16-17)
  5. Healed two demon-possessed men (v28-34) AND THAT’S JUST CHAPTER 8!

In chapter nine, Jesus:

  1. Heals a paralytic and forgave his sins (v1-8)
  2. Raised Jairus’ daughter (v18-26)
  3. Heals two blind men (v27-31)
  4. Heals a man who was mute (v32-33)

As we can see, Jesus was concerned and interested in people’s plights. Now that Jesus has gone back to His throne, His Spirit continues in the same manner healing people of their spiritual maladies. Who said that no one gets physically healed anymore? Go to a country where modern medicine is not available and you’ll see healings in Jesus’ name! The power of God is still working in our world. In fact, I believe that He is moving us to a day of awakening. What this awakening will look like, I don’t know, but I’ll bet we recognize it when it gets here. In the meantime, let’s love Jesus and love each other with all we know and have.

Abba, I look forward to what You have in store for us. I don’t need to know what You’re going to do; I just want to be part of it! Include me, too, Lord. I am Your servant. Amen.

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