On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that they might find reason to accuse Him. (Luke 6:6, 7 NASB)
This passage always makes me laugh out loud. When you read the first few words and find that there was a man with a withered hand in the synagogue that day, you can tell from the wording that Jesus will not only notice the man, but also intervene. Isn't that wonderful? Our Savior notices us and our infirmities. No matter how alone or insignificant we feel, we have not been overlooked by Jesus.
In the broad range of illness and disability, paralysis and leprosy are certainly worse than a withered hand, but a withered hand is just as great a need as the more severe conditions. It is just as deserving of Sabbath intervention.
What is wonderfully encouraging to me about these verses is that, even when Jesus was busy teaching, He noticed those in need around Him, viewed their need as a priority, and did not delay with intervention. This is the same way He responds to us today. When we approach Him with our need, He is not too busy to notice us, nor too busy to intervene on our behalf. Our need is not too small for Him, nor too great.
For some of us, our loved ones are in desperate circumstances. Others are seeking to know God's will and trying hard to find His way. All the needs are important to Jesus, not just the most severe. As we pray today, take heart that our Lord KNOWS. He knows the needs, the severity, and the perfect intervention, and, at just the right time, He will intervene. In fact, at just the right time, Christ came and died for us!
Pray today that Our Lord will intervene in every need and heal every wound. Be sure to thank Him for His faithfulness.
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