Numbers 21:4-9, 21-35; Acts 17:12-34; Luke 13:10-17
Depression is one of the foremost problems among church members that I have encountered during my ministry. Many pastors, as well, suffer from some type of depression. This is what I think of when reading today’s gospel: a woman with a “disabling spirit” that bent her down physically. Though depression is an emotional disease, it often manifests itself with physical symptoms not unlike this woman. Jesus freed her from her disability. She could stand straight and tall, no longer bending to the ground with the weight of evil.
Then, Jesus was criticized for healing her on the Sabbath. What better time to be freed from sin, death, and the power of Satan than on the Lord’s Day? We come to worship looking for all kinds of healing. As well we should! This fountain of the means of grace heals the emotional, spiritual, and physical oppressions of Satan, if we will allow our faith to accept this grace as God intends.
God means for all of us to turn to him and live. This is not a casual invitation. It is a blessed assurance from our Heavenly Father.
Prayer: Father, straighten me out to believe in your healing care in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.