The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”
While Jesus was being transfigured on the mountain with Peter, James and John, the other disciples were engaged in ministry…kind of. A man brought his only child to them to be cured of demon possession. But the disciples were unable to heal the boy.
When Jesus came down from the mountain, the boy’s father told Him what had happened. The disciples couldn’t drive out the demon, so now he begged Jesus to perform the miracle. And, much to the amazement of everyone watching, Jesus healed the boy.
Many times in our lives, we try to carry on without Jesus. We do our own thing, do ministry our own way. We determine that we really don’t need Jesus; we like being in control. Then the extraordinary is needed. Sickness hits, the job goes away, a dream is put to death. Like the demon-possessed boy, we are thrown to the ground by our circumstances. No one can help us…except Jesus. We are helpless without Him. With Him, there is no end to what can be accomplished.
Lord Jesus, forgive me for trying to do Your work without You. Forgive me for trying (and failing) in my own power. Thank You for this reminder from Scripture that my work on earth is futile without You by my side. In Your name I pray. Amen.
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