Daily Reflection – 9/4/19
After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them. At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ. At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.( Luke 4:38-44)
You know what struck me as I meditated on this scripture?
It was that The Lord gave himself; his time and attention, to every single soul that sought Him. It is this extraordinary fact and highly inefficient tactic that made Him so loveable, memorable, personable and believable to others. The Lord had no fears in allowing others to get close to Him; to get to know Him. This should not be taken lightly.
After all, most celebrities keep their distances. Stages are set well above the crowd. Cameras and microphones allow pop stars to easily communicate with millions of their adoring fans…and get away with it from a distance! It is for their security. It is not for their safety; it is for their sake; their image. It’s not to keep them safe and sound but to keep what is hidden from being revealed
“He stood over her”. The Lord reaches out to us. And even though He knows us, He continues to love us. Though He was without sin, He does not shy away from us. Instead, He over reaches to get to us so that we can’t help but touch Him, know Him and be saved by Him. His light is what shines all over our hearts, minds, body and soul. His light dispels the darkness in our lives.
When we leave this earth, how many people will have known us intimately, personally and affectionately? Two? Three? A handful? Is this a bad thing? Not at all! Not at all if it was for good, and better yet if it was for worse.
Do you realize that the Lord was known intimately by just a few people? But boy…look at what they did with that knowledge!
Regardless of how long we live: ten years, thirty years, fifty years, even one hundred years, we will only be intimately and personally known by just a few.
Some people may get to know us by our size, height, width, DNA, look or feel or some Freudian measuring stick. Still others may even get to know us by what we wrote, said and did. But only a few will ever know us by heart. And if only a few ever got to know us by heart, then I can truly imagine only One who would have known us better than we knew ourselves; who would have known what we were capable of before we were ever formed in our mother’s womb.
That is the touch of God !
Prayer of The Day
My Precious Lord. You have put me back on my feet many times of my life and have asked me simply to imitate your life of service. Help me to be generous with the life you have restored in me so that I, too, might put the interests of your Kingdom above my personal plans.
The passage tells us of the desire for Jesus that we should all have. We should desire that Jesus remains with us 24/7. We should go to sleep with Him on our minds, wake praying to Him and allow Him to accompany us throughout every day. We should foster the same love and affection for Jesus that the people had in this passage above. Fostering that desire is the first step to allowing His presence to accompany us all day every day.
Reflect, today, upon your desire or lack of desire to be with Jesus always. Are there times when you prefer, He not be there? Or have you allowed yourself to have this same affection for Jesus seeking His presence in your life always?