WHO IS GOD? And usually more important to us, HOW DOES HE RESPOND TO ME?
Mark 1:40-42 has become one of my favorite passages to answer those questions. Since Jesus was here to show us what God is like (Hebrews 1:3; John 1:1,14; John 14:7,9), let's take a closer look.
A man with leprosy came and knelt in front of Jesus, begging to be healed. “If you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean,” he said. 41 Moved with compassion,* Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” 42 Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. NLT
Here is what I see from Jesus, God in the flesh.
1. He is moved with compassion. Some translations say "full of compassion". He didn't say, "I don't have the time" or "stop bothering me" but the heart of God cared about his hurt, pain and his request. Gives me courage to ask God, because He cares. We sometimes 'expect' other reactions from God to our requests: anger, indifference, disappointment. But God responds with compassion.
2. Jesus touched him. He didn't have to. He could have healed him by just speaking or any number of ways. How long had it been since this untouchable man had been touched? Seems to me that God's compassion goes the extra mile.
3. "I am willing." I don't struggle with God's power as much as I struggle with His willingness -- for me. I love hearing God say, "I am willing" to a request.
4. Instantly. God is a patient God, but His power is great enough to heal instantly. God's power responds to our requests. Isn't this the same power that works in me? Eph 3:20
So I wonder which 'part' of God am I lacking right now? Which one do I need to understand/accept more right now: His compassion, touch, willingness or power?
May God touch your life today,