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“So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.” (Luke 4:39 NIV)

If you want to rebuke the fever in your life, you have to ask Jesus for help.  Today’s verse comes from Luke, who was a doctor.  I guess it’s not surprising he records medical miracles, to him this would have been even more unbelievable.  Jesus is visiting Simon, when He arrives, Simon tells Him about his mother-in-law:

“Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. “ (Luke 4:38b NIV).

Therefore, in order for Jesus to rebuke a fever, you have to ask Him for help.  But what if you ask Jesus for help and He doesn’t rebuke the fever? What then? The fever isn’t the point, Jesus is.

The fever isn’t the point, Jesus is.

I have friends that lost their daughter to cancer at 10 years of age.  I met another lady recently who lost her 7 year old to the same disease.  They asked Jesus for help, but He didn’t rebuke the fever. Why didn’t He heal them?  The truth is, I don’t know why. I’m not God:

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV

I have come to accept, some questions won’t be answered on this side of heaven.  I don’t like it. I struggle with it. But I can’t change it. What I do know, even when God doesn’t heal the fever, He’ll carry you through.

My friends lost their daughter over five years ago.  I met them after she had passed. I never had the privilege to meet her on earth.  But God has carried my friends through, miraculously. If I want encouragement in God, their Facebook page is a place I can find it.  They have allowed God to comfort them in the midst of this storm. They have let Him carry them. And He has. I met them in a small group through church.  I didn’t find out about their loss immediately, when I did, I could hardly believe it. Their faith was so strong after such a terrible loss. How?

We cannot understand the strength of God’s grace and mercy unless we have had to rely upon it completely.   A couple of days ago, I talked about how I found rest in my soul when I was at a low point.  God didn’t heal the fever that day, but He carried me. The battle still continues, but it’s not mine to fight, it’s the Lord’s.  The fever isn’t the point, Jesus is.

Question of the Day:

What fever do you need Jesus help with today?

Further Reading: Numbers 32:1-33:39 NIV, Luke 4:31-5:11 NIV, Psalm 64:1-10 NIV, Proverbs 11:22 NIV

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