Journey Through The Bible Hero

FEBRUARY 16, 2021 DEVOTION

Leviticus 1:1 – 3:17, Mark 1:29 – 2:12, Psalm 35:17-28, Proverbs 9:13-18

“A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. ‘If You want to, You can make me well again,’ he said. Moved with pity, Jesus touched him. ‘I want to,’ He said. ‘Be healed!’ Instantly the leprosy disappeared – the man was healed.” (Mark 1:40-42 NLT)

There are a lot of people who wonder from time to time, “Does the Lord really care about me?” or “Does the Lord really want to help me?” or “Can the Lord really help me?” That last question was never asked by the man with leprosy who approached Jesus in our text.

He had complete confidence in the Lord’s ability and power. He believed that the Lord was omnipotent, all-powerful – and that if the Lord wanted to, He could certainly heal him. What he really had questions about was the Lord’s interest in him, specifically, the Lord’s interest in healing him.

Question – “Do you ever question either the Lord’s ability or the Lord’s desire to help you with the great needs of your life?” Most of us ask or wonder about those questions at some point in our lives. It may be when we’re in the midst of a crisis. It may be when our prayers apparently go unanswered. It may be when we receive bad news, or when we experience misfortune in life.

The Bible teaches that Jesus is a person of compassion. He showed compassion for the multitudes when He saw that “they were like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:35-38). He urged everyone else to be compassionate when He told the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). He exhibited compassion on the cross when He cried out, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). He spoke of affirming rewarding compassion when we get to Heaven in the parable about the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 24:31-46). He offered compassion when He said, “Come unto Me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 10:28).

Jesus is indeed a person of compassion, with the power to compassionately save, heal, deliver, provide and protect. He is the God of whom the Apostle Peter said, “Give all your worries and cares to God because He cares about what happens to you” (1 Peter 5:7). He is the Lord who oftentimes responds to our plea for help by saying, “I want to” and “Be saved, healed, freed or transformed” because He has the power and ability to do so.

As you pray today: 1) Ask the Lord to meet the greatest needs of your life; 2) Ask the Lord to fill you with faith so that you can believe that the Lord is hearing you, caring about you, and moving in response to your prayers; and 3) Ask the Lord to give you the same kind of compassion and care for others that He has for you.