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Need Of A Physician

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Luke 4:23-30 KJV
(23) And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
(24) And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
(25) But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
(26) But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
(27) And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
(28) And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
(29) And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
(30) But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

The days of Jesus would come to end only to bring the need of doctors back to Israel. Even at the time of Jesus, not all were healed. He would go an travel in his own city and some believed and others scoffed. Perhaps those with unbelief understood not even the prophets of the Old Testament did not heal all. Elijah only seen one with leprosy get healed, but Israel was full of leprosy. In fact the one healed was not of the land of Israel. God healed a gentile so he could believe. The widow of Elijah day there was only one widow he stayed with, despite there were many others he could have stayed with. God had chosen to appoint that widow to care for the needs of Elijah. Godís appointment is important. Jesus was the chosen Messiah and his appointment and time to minister was now in Israel and surrounding towns and villages.

One has to consider if not all were healed or delivered at the time of Jesus, then the time of Jesus return and time of the saints in heaven is pretty special for Jesus will wipe away all the tears from the believers eyes. A healing taking place like no other recorded time in scripture, not even the time of Jesus in human flesh. If this time passage is for no other reason to remind the saints of God that when a miracle happens it is for a purpose to glorify God. That when miracles occur we can not think someone is not has worthy but it not Godís time table perhaps.

Did Elijah wonder about these healings? I do not doubt he asked God, why? I do not doubt others have ask not understanding why some receive miracles and others do not. Part of being able to fish is understanding that not all miracles happen with every person. Knowing not all will get saved, because some will not believe or desire to receive has no bearing on the ability to go fishing for God. I did not always catch a fish when I went fishing. I lost plenty of worms on my hook. It does not change the need to keep sharing the story of Jesus.

The story of the sower of the farmer that sows the seed and some fall among thorns and thistles and others along the rocks. Both grow but both die. Then the seeds that fell in fertile sole that grew, it depended on the soil of faith and health enough to grow the seeds of faith. Even the story of the blind man in John being healed after fifty years of being blind, did not prevent him from sinning to the point Jesus made the point to correct him and the man worshipped Jesus.

God does things in his timing and for his purpose. If nothing more to spur on the faith of the witnesses and hearers of His word. The widow that help Elijah seen the miracles, faith and hope deepened in the Lord. Naaman gain faith by being healed from leprosy. Those healed in Jesus day recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and/or Savior to them. God harden the hearts of those that would crucify Jesus, so the miracle of the resurrection would and could occur for all to believe. Yet not all would believe when Jesus arose not even the government. Where is your hope and your salvation is it in the Lord? What will take you to believe?

Dear Heavenly Father convict the hearts of the soul that hears and believes to repentance. Help us to understand why you do not always do the miracles we ask, but only heal for a purpose and time. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:

Luke 17:16-19 KJV
(16) And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
(17) And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
(18) There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
(19) And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

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