ECHOgram for Tuesday, February 16, 2016
There is a time for every purpose under heaven. There is a time to plant, and a time to pluck up. We must not pluck up what hasn’t been given time to take root. Multitudes followed Jesus because of His compassion. It was love and compassion that moved Him to perform miracles. Matthew 9:36 says, “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”
There are people, so beaten down by this world that they do not have the strength to follow after God. These are those weak hands, and feeble knees that we must strengthen (see Isaiah 35:3; Hebrews 12:12). We must encourage every fearful heart that God is willing and able to save them. They need to know that He is for them, and not against them. Jesus did not mention hell or judgement (although these things be true) to those who were weak or fainting. He reserved these admonishments for those who claimed to have knowledge of God. The words of the prophet, concerning Him, were fulfilled in this saying,“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
The Word of God is full of answers for a lost and dying world. If we are led by the Spirit, we will transmit love and compassion. As a result we will see the eyes of the spiritually blind opened, and the spiritually lame, leap like a hart. We also will see many other miracles promised to those who believe.
- that God will give us wisdom to know who can handle strong meat.
- that we will be motivated by love and compassion.
- that the Spirit of God will draw the poor in spirit to us.
- that we are anointed with healing words for the broken hearted.
- for a Spirit of deliverance to change the minds of those without hope.
- for emotional healing for those crushed by life’s circumstances.
- that blind eyes would be opened to see what God wants them to see.
Beth Marie Evans