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The Healer Still Walks

The Healer Still Walks                            

Jesus went through all the towns and villages . . . healing every disease and sickness (Matthew 9:35).

Scripture: Matthew 9:35–38
Song: “The Healer” (by Lois Irwin)

Bev arrived late for church that morning. She slipped in during the worship service and sat quietly. Bev enjoyed attending church; she loved the joyful worship and hardly missed a Sunday. During the final song, she clapped her hands in joyful rhythm. But inside, her heart cried as she thought about Monday’s doctor appointment. She was slowly going blind.

At the end of service, the minister asked everyone who was sick to stand. He told his congregation that Jesus still walked the aisles with healing in His hands. Bev rose to her feet, closed her eyes, and tried to believe for a miracle.

Next Sunday, Bev came early to church—two sets of test results were tucked into her Bible. After the service, she told the minister about her failing eyesight, then handed him both reports. He almost fell over. Bev’s updated diagnosis: 20/20 vision, corrective lenses no longer needed, eye surgery unnecessary. The doctor had no explanation for her improvement.

The verse from Matthew holds true today. Jesus still walks through our land with healing hands. If you have a need, trust Him and believe.

Dearest Lord Christ, I believe You are passing by this moment. So, in simple faith, I reach out to You. My family and I need Your help, and I know Your touch will make all the difference. Praise to You, who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

“The Healer Still Walks” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2011 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Swatting at Gnats

The PlaguesSwatting at Gnats                    

Read Exodus 7:1 through 9:35

After the plague of frogs ended, Moses told Aaron to stretch out his staff and strike the dust of the ground. Immediately, the dust became gnats, and the gnats swarmed upon men and animals throughout Egypt (Exodus 8:16, 17).

God chose an outbreak of gnats as one of His top ten, but why a plague of flying bugs? Little annoyances are often the most irritating. God knew these pesky insects were experts at bugging people—getting into eyes, ears, and mouths—biting every place they landed.

When Aaron struck the ground with Moses’ staff, a swarm of biting pests rose up and flew off. The Hebrew word translated “gnats” may also refer to mosquitoes. Either way, the infestation was massive. If the Egyptians had insect repellent, it wouldn’t have helped. Even Pharaoh’s magicians were impressed.

Supernatural plagues are not aimless demonstrations of God’s power. He uses them for a reason, and likely as a last resort. God wants humanity to know that He is God, the real God, and that His plans and purposes for this world will be accomplished.

Prayer Suggestion: As Jesus taught us, pray for God’s kingdom to come, His will to be done.

Quicklook: Exodus 8:8–19

—Charles Earl Harrel

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