REST AND RECEIVE YOUR MIRACLE

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Hebrews 4:9 There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God.

In the healing of the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1–16), Jesus knew that for 38 years, the man had been flat on his back, unable to do anything for himself or others, no matter how hard he struggled.

In the case of the woman oppressed with a spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:10–13), Jesus knew that the woman had been bent over for 18 long years. And in that condition, she saw very little that was beautiful in life. All she saw was the dusty ground, dirty sandals and bruised feet.

What about the man with a withered hand? (Luke 6:6–10) Jesus knew from His carpenter days how a useless hand could have easily given the man a very poor sense of self-worth.

All three of these people must have struggled for so long to get back on their feet, to try to lift themselves up, to attempt to do something about their situations, only to be disappointed each time they failed. In fact, they got so frustrated with striving to get better that by the time they met Jesus, they had probably given up trying to change their situations.

It was then that Jesus came and extended His offer to turn their situations around. And when they embraced His offer, they received the miracles that they had sought for so long.

You too may have been struggling to get back on your feet or to lift yourself out of the problem that has weighed you down. You have attempted to do whatever you could, hoping that it would amount to something, but you have been frustrated time and again. God wants you to cease from all your struggling and accept the offer He extends to turn your situation around.

It is no coincidence that all three of the people received their miracles on the Sabbath, the day of rest for the Jews. God’s Word says, “There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God.” The day you cease from your own laboring and striving, and rest in the finished work of Christ, is the day you receive your miracle.

Jesus has done all the work. Whatever you need has been provided for at the cross. So just be at rest and receive your miracle!

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

God wants you to cease from all your struggling and accept the offer He extends to turn your situation around.