TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTEApr 09, 2022 2022-04-07 16:19
TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTE
TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTE
Read: Mark 2:1-12
“And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So, when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying” (Mark 2:4).
Four friends carried the paralytic to Jesus. Their intention when they left home was to go to the house where Jesus was preaching and enter through the door to meet Him. However, there was no access through the door because of the crowd. They could have given up and decided to reach Jesus another day. But they had made up their mind, so retreating was not an option. What did they do next? They decided to take another route; they uncovered the roof and let down their paralyzed friend. The rest as they say is history.
A closed door need not signal the end of your miracle. A closed door is an opportunity to find another door. It is an opportunity to uncover another route which could lead you to a better place. The four friends of the paralytic were only looking at getting their friend healed, but when he encountered Jesus, his sins were forgiven in addition. After he was made whole, Jesus said to him “I say to you, arise, take up your bed and go to your house”. How did he go out? No, not through the roof. He went out through the same door he could not access from the outside. It was only a closed door because he was on the outside. As soon as he got in and encountered Jesus, he could access the door which he hitherto couldn’t.
Do not retreat in the face of difficulties. Take a different route, you just might end up with a bigger miracle. And when you do, you will walk out from the same door that appeared shut to you from the outside. Keep your faith and keep your eyes on Jesus. Do not follow the crowd, follow the cloud of your faith. The Lord will lead you to take a different route which will cause you to end up with a bigger testimony and in a better place.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?
He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.
Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.
If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at email@example.com. I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.
I look forward to hearing from you.