If you are hungry, gather at the table. The meal is just out of the oven and it is plentiful. If you are full, there is no reason to answer to the call. Jesus Christ has come to heal the sick, to find the lost, to seek and to save. He calls those that are sinners, those that are hurting, and those in need. If you do not find yourself lacking, faithless generation, then do not respond when he calls your name.
He watched his son, thrown to the ground and his body sent into convulsions. There was nothing he could do. Helpless is the worst place to be. And to watch your son in pain, there is no greater torture for a parent. But there was hope, something that was his last resort, he brought his son to the man he heard stories about.
“Jesus, IF you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”
Jesus turned to the man. He saw his pain, he saw his hurt, and he did something that is in his nature. It is who he is. He loved him. Jesus is all consuming love. But he did not stop there, he addressed something beyond physical needs, he addressed the heart, “IF you can! ALL things are possible for the one who believes.” Jesus made the heavens that are so vast that all our technology can not even count the stars or the galaxies. He knows our bodies down to the smallest atom. He made it all, he controls it all, there is no IF when God is involved.
We all make mistakes! Each and every one of us. The only thing that matters is if we learn from them. And this man did. He was at a point where Jesus was his only hope. When Jesus is all you have, you see at last that Jesus is all you need. The father of the suffering child called out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
And here I live. I BELIEVE; HELP MY UNBELIEF! I want nothing more than Jesus! HE IS EVERYTHING! When I lose my life, I find it. When I give myself, I get all of Jesus in return. When I abandon my plan, the God of the universe steps in and says, “Watch what I can do!”
Too often I pray for God to speak to me, but what I really want is for him to confirm the comfort of my plans. Lord, I give it all! I give you my marriage, it will fall apart without you. I give you my daughter, you are the perfect parent! You are all she needs! I give you my plans, my resources, my health, my very life, I count it all as NOTHING before the throne of your grace and mercy. And you take me in your loving arms and you give me an inheritance of heaven!
And he is faithful! THE ONE WHO CALL YOU IS FAITHFUL, HE WILL DO IT! 1 Thessalonians 5:24
If you are not ready for miracles, do not bother to show up.