HE IS WILLING

DAY 33

Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. Then Jesus said to him, “Don’t tell anyone about this. Instead, go to the priest and let him examine you. Take along the offering required in the law of Moses for those who have been healed of leprosy. This will be a public testimony that you have been cleansed.”

Matthew 8:3-4

SAMUEL N:
I like your thought about how Jesus is so willing to meet our needs. It’s a helpful reminder to us that Jesus is never bothered or irritated by our needs. He is always willing to help us; in fact, He calls us to come to Him with all our needs. He expects that we will do it and, I think, is surprised that we don’t come to Him more than we do.

FILMORE B:
Why don't you think we come to him? What do you think keeps us from Him? For me, I find I am often more confident in His ability to meet the needs of others but unsure if He can meet my needs. Disappointment & discouragement from unanswered prayer can keep us from approaching Jesus with our needs.

SAMUEL N:
I think the leper typifies us all: we think Jesus might—just might—be unwilling. We doubt His motives, we question His intentions, and we can become suspicious of His heart toward us, no matter how many times we’ve seen His love toward us.

Fear is often a root cause for why we withhold ourselves from Him, and why we don’t come more quickly to Him with our needs. But as the leper discovered, Jesus is always willing.

FILMORE B:
Yes, Jesus shuts that lie up. Proving that He is not only able, but willing. That changed the way we approach God. We are always able to bring Him our every need, no matter what it is!