“And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?
And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” Luke 6:6-12
In reading these verses, we find Jesus teaching in the synagogue. One of the people there that day was a man with a withered hand. The scribes and Pharisees, seeing this, watched Jesus to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath day that they might find an accusation to make against Him.
Jesus, being omniscient, knew their thoughts and questioned them before proceeding to heal the man. We find, in verse 11, the scribes’ and Pharisees’ response to this:
“And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.”
Afterward, in verse 12, we see Jesus’ response to theirs:
“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”
We see that Jesus, “in those days”, (days of trouble, trial, tribulation, turmoil…etc)….PRAYED! We, as Christians, should be patterning our life after Jesus! But do we? Do we, in the midst of trouble, call out to God or do we rather call out to everybody but Him? The moment we are hit by adversity, do we run to God…or the social media? Numerous times in God’s Word, we find God bidding us to call to Him in time of trouble. Psalms 50:15 “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Let us take His invitation and call out to Him in our trouble, knowing that He will never fail to deliver us!
~ Bethany ~