Matthew 8:2-3, A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
There’s this question that creeps into my thinking. It’s subliminal in nature but it’s no less there.
I know God’s promises are true. I believe His Word. I trust He will do what He has said. I have seen His faithfulness day in and day out. He never fails. Never.
But when it comes to the things that aren’t in black and white. The decisions that need to be made…navigating the road less taken (or in some cases…never taken)…setting sail on unchartered waters…the unknowns of my life. I hear it.
Is He willing?
I’m like that leprous man. You may not see it on the outside but inside, I know. I know my faults and my failures. I know all of the blemishes on my integrity and character. I know my shortcomings and inadequacies. I know my inability.
And that’s why the question comes. Because, unless He is willing to touch my fault and my failure. Unless He is wiling to touch my blemishes. Unless, unless, unless….
What I love about this passage, is that the man said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me…..”
Despite the above list… The Lord can make me ___________________! More than I ever imagined!
And every time the question rises up, I have to cling to, cleave to, make a covenant with His Word, “I am willing! Be ___________________!”
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. 2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT