Matthew 8:1-3 – When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
When it comes to suffering, how are we to deal with the pains in our lives? In general, there seems to be two options in our response; first is to settle and accept, and the second is to seek God’s presence and healing. At times we might feel like it is easier to just accept the pain and the suffering, and just cope with it. However, in today’s passage we are given a different approach—which is bring all of our issues and pains before the Lord. In the passage, the leper doesn’t question Jesus’ ability to heal, rather what he asks is “if you are willing, you can make me well.” The wonderful and immediate response from the Lord is that He is willing.
Today instead of simply coping, bring your issues before Lord, and there receive His assurance that He is willing to bring His healing and wholeness into our lives. Today may we find our full resolution in Christ alone, and instead of merely coping, let’s bring our issues and needs before the Lord, for He is willing. Worship with the song “Always” (Click here).