where’s jesus 2

At daybreak Jesus departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” So he continued proclaiming the message in the synagogues of Judea.   Luke 4:42-44

There are times when Jesus can’t be found and won’t be controlled. The Capernaum townspeople went searching for Jesus the morning after all the miracles, they had a plan for what he should do next! Do you have an expectation of what God should do in your life? An idea of what would be the best thing to happen in your future? Such demands blind you to Jesus’ purposes. This is a form of doubt. If you can’t find Jesus where you’ve found him in the past; if it seems as if God has withdrawn his kindness and presence, stop your striving and give thanks for your salvation. Will you trust his goodness?

Are you spiritually diseased?

As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. Luke 4:40

There are times when Jesus’ touch cures the sick and diseased, as it did in Capernaum. Jesus personally touched the people who were weak and feeble; those who were without strength or power to help themselves felt Jesus’ hand upon them. Where in your life have you given up hope of ever experiencing health? Do you have habitual thoughts or actions that seem impossible to overcome? This is a form of despair. Jesus knows the exact nature of your distress. His nail-scarred hands touch your discouraged heart. Will you receive his power?