She Will Live
Scripture - Matthew 9:18-19
"While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live." Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples."
In this passage we see the synagogue leader bringing his heartbreak to Jesus. Many people would consider this a hopeless situation, but this man still sees hope. He brings that hope and trust to Jesus. He is so courageous- even though his daughter has already died, he still holds out hope that Jesus can heal her. This does not go unnoticed by Christ.
How quickly do we bring our troubles, our worries, our deepest concerns, to the Lord? I know that oftentimes I try to do things alone. Sometimes I think, "It's ok God, I've got this one. I'll call you when things get really bad." Or sometimes I let things fester and eat away at me instead of quickly bringing them before the Lord. This should be a good lesson for us- that even in the most hopeless, most frustrating, most heartbreaking situations, there is always reason to hope and trust in our heavenly Father. All of our heart-troubles should be brought to Jesus.
The other phrase that caught my eye was "she will live". How beautiful are these words?! When I heard these words, I heard them deep in my heart, as if they were written just for me, "Mary Rose, you will live". Christ wants ME, he wants US to live! He doesn't want us to just survive and barely make it by in life, he wants us to be full of life and know the freedom we have in him! He wants us to bring our cares to him!
Today, let us consider our own situations and bring before Christ all those things hidden away in our hearts that cause us to worry, to be anxious, to be sad or hopeless. These must all be given over to the Lord, who offers us a hand and says, 'Here, my beloved daughter, let me carry that burden for you.' Today- the Lord wants to say to you... "YOU WILL LIVE. Let not your heart be troubled, instead hope and trust in me, a Father who loves you and wants you to LIVE a joy-filled and hopeful life!"
"Father, today I bring to you all my worries, concerns and anxieties (name them specifically!). I trust in your power and your love and I have hope because I know that you make all things good for those that love you. Help me today to trust and hope in you. Protect me from worry and anxiety and help me to live my life with a joy-filled and hopeful attitude. Help me to remember your words to the synagogue leader, "she will live". I believe, in my heart, that these words are for me too. I love you, Jesus."
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