Devotional: ‘Jesus Never Stops Working’

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Matthew 9:18 As Jesus was saying this, the leader of a synagogue came and knelt down before him. “My daughter has just died,” he said, “but you can bring her back to life again if you just come and lay your hand upon her.” 19 As Jesus and the disciples were going to the official’s home, 20 a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, 21 for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” 22 Jesus turned around and said to her, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment. 23 When Jesus arrived at the official’s home, he noticed the noisy crowds and heard the funeral music. 24 He said, “Go away, for the girl isn’t dead; she’s only asleep.” But the crowd laughed at him. 25 When the crowd was finally outside, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! 26 The report of this miracle swept through the entire countryside. 27 After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” 28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” 30 And suddenly they could see!

If you have ever read through the gospels, you know that you rarely find the disciples speaking. Perhaps part of that was because most of the time their mouths were gaped open in amazement. Each day the experience more than most of us will see in a lifetime. I would imagine that at first all of this seemed pretty exciting. But as time wore on, the patience of the disciples began to wear out. At one point we read of them trying to keep children from bothering Jesus and on another occasion, Simon Peter took it upon himself to inform the Lord that the talk of dying in Jerusalem was foolishness. Yet what they did not know was the Kingdom of God is not about idleness. It is about work. ‘Jesus replied, “My Father never stops working, so why should I?’ (Jn 5:17)

God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit never stop working. Perhaps if they did, everything else would stop existing. (Acts 17:28; Col 1:17) Knowing this says at least two things to me:

1 – God Will Always Help Me

Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 40:25 – 31, “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out one after another, calling each by its name. And he counts them to see that none are lost or have strayed away. O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

2 – I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Will Strengthen Me

Isaiah tells us that human strength will at times grow weary. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who rely on God will find new strength. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

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