Good Life Journal - Matthew 9

Scripture:

2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

Observation:

Jesus is healing people all over. A man with leprosy, a centurion’s servant and Peter’s mother-in-law Mary. Jesus rewards faith. Then he goes across the lake to his own town. There they bring to him a paralyzed man. Jesus doesn’t immediately heal him rather he tells the man that his sins are forgiven. Why would Jesus do it that way? Often what we want is not our greatest need. One might think that the greatest need of a paralyzed man is to walk. In God’s kingdom, what good is it to walk when you are crippled with sin. Jesus immediately tells the man that his sins are forgiven. This is his greatest need. Only after Jesus forgives and shows that he has the power to forgive then he heals the man.

Application:

Often when I pray, I pray for specific things or outcomes. Sometimes I am disappointed when God does not grant my wishes. I must always remember that God loves me and like a good father he wants the best for me. Often God gives me what I really need, not what I want. It is only after a time that I realize that what I wanted would not really have been the best for me.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for being a loving, caring father. Like a good father you want what is best for me. Sometimes, I ask for the wrong thing. I am glad that you are always there looking for me.