Matthew 4: 2: And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
There is a fallacy in meeting Jesus that bears great correction. At times we approach Him as if He had some special advantage while He lived in that body born of Mary. Jesus was fully human. He got really hungry. He dealt with conflicting emotions. He lived as a human equipped with the Spirit of God even as He asks us to live.
In being human, Jesus sanctified humanity. He made it okay to be fully human. He made it a good thing to be all the human we could be, to live up to our human potential – with God. Remember, while being fully human, He was fully God. Our task is to work on being fully human, with God.
Being fully human, for us means being full of mistakes. Being fully human, means being able to correct those mistakes. Today I had a great opportunity to change my mistakes. A co-worker was upset with me about my actions. I had presumed what I did was okay with him instead of asking. It was okay. If I asked. Not asking was presumptive. It was inconsiderate. By repenting and asking, my mistake was changed to okay. He gave me that grace. It was good. Jesus helped me be human.
ACT! Think of your most human moment this week. Thank God for making you a human.
PRAY! Father, thanks for making me a human like Jesus. It must be really special to you, this human thing. You sent Your own Son to be one, just to make it special. Wow! I really don’t deserve it, but I really appreciate it. Thanks.
Psalm 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad, and mywhole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure. ESV
That’s why my heart celebrates and my mood is joyous;
yes, my whole body will rest in safety CEV
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure NIV
Every so often, you will find a verse in the original language that defies exact matching translation from different eras and interpretive groups. This one fits that description. Many times, it is because an idiomatic phrase is contained or there is such emotion and expression, it is hard to put into a single phrase. So let me expand this one.
My heart is glad and celebrates in great joy. With my whole being inside and out, I am excited and alive; my tongue must shout and declare this joy. It cannot be contained or restrained. A great sense of peace and restfulness and security envelops my body and mind and spirit. Phil’s version
Now, that is a picture of great health and well being. That is a picture of restful trust in God and God alone. That is a picture of one that has wrestled with God and found Him to be more interested in securing our hearts that controlling our actions. That is a picture of one, who has encountered fierce angers and pains and problems and illness and has come through to a new realization that the presence and leading of the Father brings us to refreshing and rest. That is a wonderful picture.
Entering in to health many times is preceded by great struggle and pain. Our habits become acclimated to the struggle. Our daily routines become expectant of the pain. A friend going through back surgery shared some of her story. The doctors instructed her that ghost pain would continue for some time. Though the surgery is successful and removes even some nerve endings, our minds are trained to find pain at times of day and particular motions. The pain is not there physiologically. Yet, the pain is there in our minds. The conditioning of ill health forms a barrier even when we are healed to enjoying the new freedom.
Breaking Conditional Barriers
In my own experience, I find it difficult to rest after an intense time of development of a business thrust or a strained season with a client. Though the situation is ended and the issues are resolved, my daily expectation of another problem wrestles with my restfulness. A wise executive once commented to me, “Even when we receive a new and different and positive answer, we hear the old negative one that is so common.” He did not say it just like that, but you get the point.
There must be a time of “glory rejoicing” to break the conditional barriers of ill health and negative situations. Celebrate. This unspeakable joy works internally for us to remove scar tissues and sensitive nerves of mind and will and emotion and body. Then we can receive the new and positive situation and answer. This transition must happen. It is a barrier breaker.
Returns at Customer Service
Discount retailers dedicate a large area for returned and damaged merchandise. It is not a happy place. There is not a lot of smiling for anyone. When you find a smiling employee working that area, your frustration is defused at having to come back to the store. The transaction becomes more pleasant. That employee is giving a rejoicing to a healing situation. The item is broken. You are receiving a replacement. That should be joyful. Yet, you lost value when you tried to use it at home and it broke. You lost positive expectation and trust. Now, the item and positive expectation must return before you can get full value.
Broken bones and aching hearts and rent emotions and lingering illness in our body cause us to lose positive expectation and trust in God. We expect nothing. Worse than that, we expect bad. We expect anger and frustration and continuance of a wrong situation. And we get what we expect until we expectantly express ourselves into a different result after the new answer of health and healing and restoration and replacement is received.
Father, there is a great life available through You and Your presence and Your word.
You are life.
You are healing.
You are “Yes” to all Your promises.
You are “Amen” to all Your commitments.
Cause rejoicing to resound in the camp of my heart. Let me release the joy of the moment that heals and conditions me to hear, “Yes, you are healed.”
Walk with me today, Father, as You heal negative expectation built on real experience with tough living. Let joys restore a new hearing and receptivity to my full health.