Matthew 9:32-34

After they had gone away, a demoniac who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the one who had been mute spoke; and the crowds were amazed and said, ‘Never has anything like this been seen in Israel.’ But the Pharisees said, ‘By the ruler of the demons he casts out the demons.’

A truth to hold

I recently saw a Facebook post that suggested God is behind the coronavirus crisis. Long have Americans worshiped celebrities, athletes, the very rich and famous, the post said. God is calling us from our idols to give glory to the Lord alone.

The link was posted with the best of intentions by someone who clearly loves and seeks to honor God. But no. Just … no, I replied.

This doesn’t honor God. Nor does it speak the truth that comforts and holds our hearts.

It suggests God is a petty, insecure narcissist, rather like those threatened by Jesus’ works of power and healing. They called him evil even as he restored human beings to physical wholeness.

Jesus is the icon, the very image of the heart of God. So look at him as he touches and heals. Imagine the startled faces of those able to see again … or hear once more … or as they felt long lost vitality surging through their arms.

Does he look like a narcissist threatened by the glory accorded human achievement and fleeting fame?

No. He reveals a Love who seeks healing for the entire human family, even for those who worship the wrong things … or who sometimes get good and evil all mixed.

Pastor David L. Miller

 


Prayer: Fix our eyes on you, Lord Jesus, that we may recognize your healing power wherever it appears.

To ponder: When do we speak as if God is less merciful than we are?