As He Went

“Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. There came a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying.

“As Jesus went, the people pressed around him.  There was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and though she had spent all her living on physicians, she could not be healed. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, and immediately her discharge of blood ceased. Jesus said, ‘Who was it that touched me?’ When all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.’ And the woman… came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’

“While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, ‘Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.’ And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child… Taking her by the hand he called, saying, ‘Child, arise.’ And her spirit returned, and she got up at once.” Luke 8:40-51,54-55

Jesus was meeting with a crowd. No, Jesus was listening to Jairus. No, He was conferring with Peter, then addressing a woman. Actually, He was intricately and intimately involved with each individual and situation with redemptive purpose. Jesus couldn’t not do good. Jesus was always praying, ready, alert, looking and seizing every opportunity. His life was not His own; He served at His Father’s command every moment of every day. And handling many good things at once was never confusing nor threw Him off schedule. (Matthew 20:28; Luke 9:18; John 4:34; 6:38)

There may be times and situations where we think God’s too busy to care, we shouldn’t bother Him with this concern. But He always cares, and can handle anything. He’s concerned with all that concerns us, and graciously works all things for good at all times as we love and trust Him. Do we seek His personal attention and help? By choosing not to go to Him, what might we miss of His healing touch, lessons in faith, glory imprinted on our lives? (Psalm 55:16-17; 63:1-4; 138:8; Matthew 6:8; 7:7-8; Luke 1:37; Romans 8:28)

And how regularly do we beseech Him on behalf of others? Do we drive hours by a selfish agenda to the neglect of the needy? When do we earnestly consider them, pray for them, and take time to introduce them to Jesus?

What would change if our modus operandi was can’t not do good? How might a conversation turn for the loftier, a room improve for the lovelier, a relationship grow with deeper love, if we sharpened our perspective and invested our efforts for significant, lasting good?

Lord, as I go, may I see with Your eyes, speak with Your lips, and love with Your hands, to the honor of Your name.

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