23rd, November 2016
Luke 7:12 - 15
Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
On a certain day, Jesus was about His Father’s business and just was about to enter a city, where He planned on having a great revival and healing service, when He met a widow weeping. Her only son was in a casket, dead and gone, and on his way to be buried. Many people were with her in this time of grief but they could offer nothing other than to weep with her. Perhaps they did not see Jesus coming or maybe they did but were too grief stricken to bother asking for help. It could also be they did not know he could raise the dead. Whatever was the case Jesus did not wait for them to ask for help. The scripture says he had compassion on her and that was all that was needed. Some moment, the very same people walking out of the city in tears and sorrows with a dead man in a coffin were walking back into the city with an empty coffin, full of joy and with one extra person in their party, the young man back from the dead.
Jesus didn’t need their plea for help to help them out. He didn’t hang around waiting for them to discern His presence and rush to Him for assistance. He came to their rescue immediately He saw their needs. Jesus (who is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever – Hebrews 13:8 AMP) doesn’t need us to prove anything to Him or do anything special to move Him or first rush to Him before He considers helping; and neither does the Father of the Holy Spirit. He wants to reach out to us and He starts reaching out the moment He sees a need. All He asks is that we stand still and accept His offer to help. It is not a case of ‘convince me to help before I help’; rather it is ‘I can see you have a need and I would love to help you, would you accept my help?’. He responded to the sin problem without first being asked for help, and he still acts the same way.
It is important we understand this, lest we in the name of trying to express faith, make a laborious process out of what should be a simple accept, receive and experience process. Also, as ambassadors of Christ, it is our duty to tell the needy and destitute this truth. It is our job to let them know that the Father does not need them to do anything to convince Him to help them. He already wants to help and simply ask they come to Him and focus on Him; because they that observe (or focus) lying vanities forsake (are walking away from) their own (freely given and offered) mercy (Jonah 2: 8).
Ever remind yourself and tell the world; Jesus is the compassionate King!!
Heavenly Father, thank you for your mercy, compassion and love lavishly and freely poured forth on me. I acknowledge that you are more willing and ready to take care of my needs than I can ever be to receive from you. I choose this day to always live with the understanding that you are loving, kind and compassionate. I choose to tell the world about your love and compassion for them. I choose to help the world see you as you are; the Compassionate King. Hallelujah!!
Isaiah 65:24 It shall also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear (AMP)
Psalm 86: 15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Exodus 14: 13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord…
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68