Thought for the Day – Monday 20th July

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

Matthew 9 :  1 – 2

It takes a strong faith to believe that someone can be healed. It was a belief during those times that if you were paralyzed, or had a different ailment, it was the result of sin. These men bring this paralyzed man to Jesus. They have such a strong faith that Jesus will not only heal them, but also forgive his sin.

Not only do these men who bring the paralyzed man to Jesus have faith, but this man must have had a strong faith to be willing to ask to be healed. It can be easy to accept our current circumstances, and be resigned that they won’t get any better. These men all had strong faith to believe that goodness could come out of this encounter.

We are not in the same time, and are not encountering Jesus like these men did, but we can still have a strong faith. We can still believe that Jesus can heal us. Now it might not look like what we wanted it to be. These men had no idea what Jesus might say or do, yet they still believed and had faith. May we operate from that same faith.

Prayer: Faithful God, we give you thanks that you remind us that you are a faithful God. We give you thanks that you love us and promise to listen when we call to you. May we continue to keep calling and believing in you and your love you have for us.

Action: Simple, believe in the power of God.

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