We are going to look at Mark 3:1-5 for today’s write up. Jesus entered the synagogue, saw a man with a withered hand and healed him despite opposition.
As you know, a withered hand is a useless, non-functioning hand. Therefore, you may not be far from the truth if you conclude that the man’s life must have been greatly hampered by his handicapping condition.
Figuratively speaking, a withered hand can be anything that makes a man’s life taxing and unexciting. For example, ill health, poverty, lack of focus, lack of any meaningful progress, unfruitfulness, debt, joblessness, fear, destructive habits, broken home, irresponsible spouse, wayward children, ill luck, lack of assistance and so on are some examples of figurative withered hands. If you are free from them, I congratulate you warmly. But if are not, then you need assistance, you need healing and you need freedom. The good news is that divine help is not far away from you.
The man with the withered hand was fortunate enough to encounter Jesus Christ and he received his healing and freedom promptly. This same Jesus is still alive and active-He has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He is asking you to step forward i.e. boldly break loose from those situations that are restricting you (Verse 3), stretch out your hand i.e. expose the cause(s) of the pain and sorrow in your life to Him (verse 5) and receive your healing and freedom; all opposition not withstanding. Listen friend, I strongly urge you to make use of this golden opportunity today; prayerfully do all He asked you to do and I assure you that your life will never remain the same again.
Finally, let me commit you into God’s able hands as I wish you a month of ultimate freedom. Go into it with full assurance that your expectations will not be dashed.
Jesus is Lord!
Let me start this write up with a question. Did you find things easy last month? If you did, glory be to God Almighty and if you did not, glory be to him all the same. Imagine what the situation would have been without God. Definitely not better! Friend, know that your experience last month, which may not have been very pleasant will not continue forever. It must and it will improve this month in Jesus name. Amen. Your time for a lifting up has come and I urge you to start celebrating it and by faith challenge God thus:
‘’You who have shown me great and severe troubles
Shall revive me again
And bring me up again from the depths of the earth
You shall increase my greatness
And comfort me on every side’’
Remember that in God’s business, agony is not a rule. Therefore, supposing you started this month CRYING be rest assured that you will end it SMILING in Jesus name. Congratulations!
Finally, let me use this opportunity to commit you into God’s hands and to wish you a month of victory.
JESUS IS LORD!
I am joining you here, to give thanks to God Almighty, who has made it possible for us to be alive today. Remember that some people like us would have loved to be alive today, but they are not. Many more are tucked away in various places, for one reason or the other. Certainly it is not by our power, or by our might that we have not been consumed (Lamentations 3:22).
While thanking God for His mercies towards us, I want to assure you that He will still see us through today, and the rest of our lives in Jesus name. Amen.
Now, look at His words for us:
Fear not for I am with you
Be nor dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Be rest assured that God will make us victorious over all our challenges, but we have to trust Him completely (Proverbs 3:5-6), and we have to be patient with Him too (Matthew 24:13).
Finally, let me us this opportunity to commit you into God’s able hands, as I wish you a glorious day.
Jesus is Lord!
c Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2004