He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. Mark 3:1-5
Jesus had a reputation of showing compassion to the people He taught. When He encountered someone in need, He acted. Many times, though, He asked a person who would be healed to do the impossible.
Imagine being the focus of religious leaders intent on catching this famous Teacher and Healer doing good if He chooses to heal you.
Jesus looks at the man and commands, “Get up and come forward!”
He gasps, “Me?” Jesus nods.
Head down, withered hand shoved behind the folds in his robe, he shuffles through the crowd to Jesus.
“Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath to save a life or to kill?” Silence.
Angry and grieved, Jesus looks around the room, catching the eye of some who quickly look away.
“Stretch out your hand.”
“Doesn’t He know that’s impossible? … Maybe He will heal my hand.”
The withered hand appears from the folds in his robe. The thumb quivers and breaks away from the rest of the hand. His fingers begin to move apart.
Smiling, the man raises his hand toward heaven as his fingers wildly dance back and forth.
His hand is healed!
On November 21, 2010, the Lord healed me. The next day, Jesus asked me to do the impossible, go back to work and act as if I were healed from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome even though the doctor had placed me on reduced work and was encouraging me to think about disability or another job.
I told my doctor, and he said, “This could be good. What do you want to do?”
I said that I wanted to go back to work full time and begin weaning myself off my fibromyalgia medications. He agreed to test me for a month. A month later, he confirmed that I was healed.
Some asked me if I was afraid to tell people that I was healed.
“That’s why it’s important that I tell people that I am healed.”
I took Jesus at His word that He had healed me, and He gave me the power to be healed.
On the edge of the Promised Land, God also asked the Israelites to do the impossible … possess the Promised Land, a land filled with fortified cities and strong armies. They refused to obey God. God is a gentleman and gave them their wish. He provided for His people while they wandered in the wilderness until all had died who had refused to go into the land, except for Caleb and Joshua, who had encouraged them to possess the land.
Again, God asked them to possess the Promised Land. This time, Joshua led the people into the land, and God fought the battle for them. He empowered them to take possession.
Has God asked you to step from the side of the possible to the side of the impossible? He will empower you to take possession. Take the first step towards obedience, and He will fight the battle.
My prayer for you:
Father in Heaven, give us the faith and courage to step into the possible, so that we can take full possession of the promises and abundant life You have set before us. We’ll give You the glory and praise for the great and mighty works You will accomplish.