“Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out and it was restored as whole as the other.” Matthew 12:13
What area of your life is withered away like this man’s hand? Do you believe that God is able to do something about it? What part do you play in being made well?
There is a story about General Stonewall Jackson’s famous valley campaign. Jackson’s army found itself on one side of a river when it needed to be on the other side. After telling his engineers to plan and build a bridge so the army could cross, he called his wagon master in to tell him that it was urgent the wagon train cross the river as soon as possible. The wagon master started gathering all the logs, rocks and fence rails he could find and built a bridge. Long before daylight General Jackson was told by his wagon master all the wagons and artillery had crossed the river. General Jackson asked where are the engineers and what are they doing? The wagon master’s only reply was that they were in their tent drawing up plans for a bridge.
What about you? Is Jesus standing there before you waiting for you to reach out your withered hand while you’re struggling with the paralysis of analysis? Do you know yet that it’s all about Him? It’s not about you but it’s all about what He said He would do!
Jesus said to this man, whose hand was paralyzed, “stretch out your hand.” Notice what this man didn’t do, he didn’t tell Jesus why he couldn’t. He didn’t begin to make excuses. He didn’t blame his condition on others. All he did was hear the voice of his Savior and respond just how Jesus told him to…. “He stretched it out and it was restored as whole as the other.”
Will you stretch out your hand today and open God’s Word and meet with Jesus. Will you slow down long enough today to close your eyes and talk things through with your heavenly Counselor? Will you open up your heart to the Lord today and sing Him a song of worship? As you reach out to Him today He will bring wholeness into parts of your life like you never thought possible.
By His Spirit,