And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. (Lk. 13:10-12 KJV)
She was crippled.
For eighteen years.
Bent over, an outcast, embarrassed in her painful body. It’s safe to assume she wasn’t married. What man would ever want her? She was unable to serve, unable to take care of the son a man would want to carry on his name. Maybe married at one point in life, but cast aside after her body became bound. Was she cast aside by family as well, deemed to be too much of a burden?
Gods Word doesn’t give us all the details of her situation, but it does say she had a “spirit of infirmity.” A spirit. The enemy had brought on her physical condition. Had she done something to bring this on herself? Dabbled in a forbidden sin, and this was the result?
I’m not going to bother to ask Jesus to heal me, she might have thought that Sabbath as she listened to Jesus teaching in the synagogue. I’ve heard all about Him, and now listening to Him for myself….surely He knows what I’ve done! I don’t deserve a miracle from Him.
She did not press through the crowd for a healing like the woman with an issue of blood. She was not like the blind beggar who cried out to Jesus for mercy. Maybe she had no desire to be seen our heard by the Son of God. She was content just to listen.
He will know, surely He will know, that I have brought this upon myself.
She never asked for deliverance, but Jesus gave her a miracle anyway. He saw her, he called to her, she came, and it was done. It was the beginning of a new life.
How many people do we see every day who are in need of new life? How many people do see in church every Sunday who we know have great needs or are going through a dark time?
Well, they haven’t asked for prayer, we think. So we don’t bother. They haven’t asked, they haven’t come to you…so in and out they go every Sunday, coming with a need, and leaving with the same need.
This woman never had to ask. Jesus just saw the need and knew He could help. Do you you want to be like Christ? Go meet unspoken needs. Let the hurting know that not only do you see, but so does God. Let them know that all they have to do is come to Christ, and He grants new life.
Maybe it’s you today who is in need of a miracle. Jesus sees you, and He is calling you to come. You may not feel worthy to ask anything of Him, but still He calls, longing to meet your need.
What needs do you have today? How can we step out in faith and help others even when they don’t ask? Please let me know in the comments!