John Day 8: Good for What Ails You

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Text:  Matthew 4:23-25

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sicknesses and all kinds of disease among the people.  Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.  Great multitudes followed Him – from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.

Stop and Consider

  1. Perhaps it would take other words than these to articulate the depth and specifics of your need.  Take this space to list what you’re going through and where you’re hurting.  I struggle with worry about finances and the future.  I also want to be in control and to know what is going on at all times.  I don’t like not knowing exactly what is going on.
  2. Now think of others you know who are suffering physically, emotionally, or relationally right now.  What kinds of need are all around you today?  Worry and anxiety about careers and finances.  Grief over lost loved ones.  Misunderstandings between family members.

Key Beth Statement That Stood Out to Me

As Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them; He rescued them from the Pit.”

Praying God’s Word Today

Lord, the moonlight will be as bright as the sunlight, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter – like the light of seven days – on the day that You bandage Your people’s injuries and heal the wounds we have endured (Isa. 30:26).  Whether here on this fallen Earth or in the splendor of a new one, I know I will see the sun of righteousness rising with healing in its wings, and we will go out and playfully jump like calves from the stall (Mal. 4:2).

Help me to always remember that nothing here on earth will last and that once we are in Your presence, everything will be perfect and we will no longer have any cares, hurts, or worries.  Help me to remember that the trials, cares, and pains of this world are no more than vapors that will pass away, never to be remembered or experienced again.

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