Psalm of the Day: Psalm 69:1-16
Wisdom of the Day: Ecclesiastes 7:1-15
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:6-11
We are taught in these verses act of faith. The lesson is conveyed to us in a striking manner. The Lord said to the man whose hand was withered, "Stretch forth your hand." The command seems unreasonable because the man's obedience was apparently impossible. But the poor sufferer was not stopped by any doubt. At once we read that he made the attempt to stretch forth his hand and, in making the attempt, was cured. He had faith enough to believe that He who bade him to stretch forth his hand was not mocking him, and ought to be obeyed. And it was precisely in this act of implicit obedience, that he received a blessing. "His hand was completely restored!"
The best answer to doubts, hesitations, and questionings which make us anxious and often perplex us is simple faith that God's Word is always trustworthy. The best answer is to bid men do as he did who had the withered hand. Let them not stand still reasoning, but act. Let them not torment themselves with philosophic speculations but cast themselves, just as they are, on Jesus Christ. So doing, they will find their course made clear.
When striving to draw near to God, you shall find God drawing near to you; but that if you deliberately sit still, you must never expect the blessing of God that simple faith brings.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to seek you by walking in faith.
Action Plan: What areas in my life cause me to doubt the Lord most? How can I overcome my lack of Faith?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.