This morning I read Psalm 57. “My heart is ready, Oh Lord, my heart is ready…” and before I could turn the page to see for what my heart needed to be ready, the Holy Spirit prompted me, “IS your heart ready for whatever unknown lies ahead?” A good question. IS yours? Only as we trust in Jesus’ good and gracious love are we ready for the mysterious future. Let’s turn the page, shall we?
After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them. Luke 4:38,39
There are times when Jesus stands near, like he did over Simon’s mother-in-law, who was suffering from a fever that kept her bedridden. A fever is a body’s attempt to fight off an infection, a way to heal itself. Do you have a fever of the spiritual variety? How do you attempt to fight your own fights; depend on your own strength or will power to overcome things that keep you out of commission? This is a form of pride. Jesus stands near you, saying, “Let go of your self effort, let me come close and let’s work together to deal with this circumstance.” Will you trust his nearness?