He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, 'Do not weep.' Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, 'Young man, I say to you, arise.' So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.
Some say you can determine a life well-lived by the number of people at a funeral.* A large crowd followed the widow of Nain on the way to bury her son. We assume she was a well-liked woman--and her son was a young man of promise. In grief, she neither asked nor expected a miracle, but God gave her one.
He also gave a miracle to the man with a withered hand and the woman with a spirit of infirmity.** Each was healed in a synagogue. We assume they were God-fearing people who loved the Lord. That action (as opposed to hiding their disfigurements in sorrow, shame or anger) received a marvelous reaction. They were healed.
Consider these simple Words from the Old Testament: 'You shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you' (Deuteronomy 6:18). Lives well-lived yield unexpected blessings, including healing. 'Blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the Voice of the Lord your God' (Deuteronomy 28:2).***
In other words, lives well-lived are often noticed by men, but always noticed by God. 'For the Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him' (2 Chronicles 16:9). In terms of healing, sometimes we don't even need to ask. Because 'Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him' (Matthew 6:8).
One day as I was circling the block in exercise and prayer, God said to me, 'Carey, stop praying for yourself. Pray for everyone else.' I can't say I always remember, but if we focus on the healing of others, God will focus on our own.
To Be Continued...
* Excluding the funerals of prominent people, where gatherings can become 'a place for other prominent people to be seen.' Excluding the funerals of newcomers to any area.
** The man with the withered hand: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%203:1-7&version=NKJV
** The woman with a spirit of infirmity: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2013:11-13&version=NKJV
*** Blessings for obedience to God's Word: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+28&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.