In the book of Matthew, nestled in amongst the stories of the most incredible healings, are two short verses. When I first read them I wondered why they were there, they seemed of such little consequence. But knowing what an amazing God we serve, He would not put these two verses in His Word for no reason.
“Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever. So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them.” Matthew 8:14,15
These verses tell us that Jesus came to Peter’s house; Peter was married and this was his mother-in-law. There were no crowds in this house, Jesus didn’t heal Peter’s mother-in-law to show off His credentials or to spread the word. He healed her because of His great compassion for the sick, He healed her because He wanted to, and this was His will.
These two beautiful verses show us that Jesus cares about even the smallest of problems in our lives. This was just a fever, not leprosy, not blindness, but Jesus cared. He reached out and touched her hand, healing her. No problem, no sickness, no pain is too small that we cannot take it to the Lord. He cares about every hair on our head and His thoughts toward us are more numerous than the grains of sand upon the beach!
More importantly, what should we do about these two verses? How do they speak to us? How do they change us? Matthew tells us that “she arose and served them.” After a touch from the Lord, our response should be to serve Him! When Jesus brings healing and restoration into our lives, our desire should be to serve Jesus. Being thankful is very important, but asking our Savior how we can serve Him is a must!
As you pray for ICM this month, pray that those who work behind the scenes, the office workers, administrators, and ones that are never seen, but are so vitally important, are touched by our Savior. That they would understand that there is nothing too big or too small that cannot be taken to Him and that the desire of their hearts would be to serve Him.
Praying that you too would be touched by Jesus!
ICM Prayer Coordinator