Luke 8:26-39 narrates the story of a mad man in the country of the Gadarenes. He was a wild man who lived in the tombs. And on many occasions, he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles; these he broke with ease. In fact, nobody could control him except a demon that eventually drove him into the wilderness which by the way is a harsh and unproductive terrain where miracles are rare. It was there that Jesus met and delivered him from his torment.
A couple of lessons can be adduced from the account above. Let us consider some them today. They are:
1. Our carefully crafted and well laid out plans may go wrong without warning. Many of us have some carefully crafted and well laid out plans. This is a sensible step to take but life situations might upset their implementation without warning. The man, like others in his time, may have had some carefully crafted and well laid out plans only for him to end up in the wilderness with a twisted mind. Joseph had a dazzling vision concerning his future (Genesis 37:5-10) but guess what? He ended up in jail (Genesis 39:20). There are other biblical examples of people whose carefully crafted and well laid out plans went awry at some point. Are you in a similar position at the moment? If you are then, hold your peace because your situation is perfectly under control.
2. It is okay to draw attention to our plights if we have to. There is nothing wrong in drawing people’s attention to our plights if we have to. But we shouldn’t put our trust completely in them because of the dangers associated with doing so (Micah 7:5-6). Thank goodness that the man was not in a first-rate frame of mind so he couldn’t have been able to draw people’s attention to his plight positively not to talk of putting his trust in them completely but he was lucky enough to draw Jesus Christ’s attention to himself. Maybe your plans have somehow gone awry and you are now in a fix; it is okay to seek help from sensible people but more importantly, seek help from Jesus Christ.
3. Enduring deliverance is within reach. The man drew Jesus Christ’s attention to himself and in return, he got a matchless deliverance. Today, enduring deliverance awaits you too but you have to approach Jesus Christ first. He (Jesus Christ) supported this claim in Matthew 11:28 when he said: ‘’Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest’’.
4. It is profitable to stick to the body of Christ. The man did not forsake Jesus Christ instead; he went back to him and begged that he might be with him. He later went all over his city to testify to the power of Jesus Christ in his life. He must have realized very quickly that it would be hard for him to survive on his own (John 15:5) and that the sky was his limit if he belonged to the body of Christ. Hebrews 10:24-25 encourage this line of action and in Leviticus 26:8, God amplified one of the attendant benefits of doing so by saying: ‘’Five of you shall chase a hundred and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; …’’. This clearly shows that there is power in number-a peculiarity of the body of Christ. This power is available to heal the sick, set the captive free, give hope to the hopeless, offer comfort to the broken hearted, provide boost to decimated businesses and careers etc. Avail yourself of this power today by sticking to the body of Christ and you will not be disappointed.
Friend, have you reached your limit concerning an ongoing maybe ugly situation? Do you think you have been driven into a ‘‘wilderness’’ situation already? If you think so, then ask Jesus Christ to come to your aid and he will in a good time. However, you must be ready to continue with him afterward. May the good Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace now and forever in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!