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Advent Devotional 2019 | Luke 13

Day 13 | Luke 13

But the synagogue official, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, began saying to the crowd in response, “There are six days in which work should be done; so come during them and get healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” (Luke 13:14, NASB) Is there an inconvenient time to come to God? Are there moments when he is unavailable? I am not sure I ever bought into the lie that God is unavailable or disinterested in me and what is going on in my life. However, I know I have believed that certain times were better for seeking God than others, and if I took advantage of those times God may be more inclined towards hearing me. Maybe it was at church when I was totally focused on him. Maybe it was in the very early hours of the morning, when no one else was around. I believed, perhaps I will have God's attention. As Jesus is teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath he sees a woman who is bound up by an evil spirit, and he releases her from her bondage. Laying His hands on her, she is freed and begins praising God. But the synagogue official is upset, because for Him, the Sabbath was not a time to seek freedom from God, “you can do that 6 other days of the week,” but not today. He rebukes the woman, and tells her to come on another day, but not the Sabbath.

Jesus reveals to us that there is never a bad time to come to God to find freedom, comfort, and healing. Revealing the heart of the Father to us, Jesus reminds us that God is never too busy, his arm is not too short, and he can do great things when we invite him to invade our present with his presence. The release that we need from the situation that we find ourselves, whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual, is available to those that draw near.

Take a few moments today to ask God to help you through whatever you are going through. If you are not, do you know of any great stories of God working in someone else’s life? Rejoice with them as the others in this story of the glorious things being done by Him.

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