I will never forget an experience I had many years ago. I went to a hospital where a dear friend’s mother was in ICU. The family felt that they might lose her. I asked the family if they would consider me anointing her and praying for her. They asked me to do this. It was a gentle and quiet moment of prayer and hope. In about a week the woman went home. About two months later I heard a pastor say that I was “practicing voodoo.”
Did I heal the woman? Of course not! Did the Lord use that anointing and prayer as a part of the healing process? The woman thinks so. I only know that Jesus did what cannot be explained. In these verses from Matthew 9, the religious leaders mocked Jesus for stepping outside of the box. If you step outside the box, do not be surprised if you are mocked. It is okay. Honor Jesus and give him the praise.
Prayer: Lord, help us to always remember that you are the Great Physician. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.