S (Scripture) – Mark 2:1:-4 “When He had come back to Capernaum several days afterward, it was heard that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room, not even near the door; and He was speaking the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying.”
O (Observation) – Lord, I see that there were countless men and women desperately seeking You out when You were here in the flesh. There were so many people, that it was nearly impossible to be close to You in proximity, particularly on this day. These four men carrying their friend wanted so badly for You to see this paralytic and heal him. They could have all been brothers, or maybe the best of friends since childhood. Whatever their relationship, they knew the suffering that this man had gone through – maybe he was born with this issue, or maybe it was the result of an accident or illness – but they saw his pain and helplessness. Their compassion for their friend moved them to act on his behalf. Their faith in You to heal him is what You responded to when they took the initiative to climb to the roof and dig a hole through it just so they could lower him in front of You.
A (Application) – There are two main applications I hear You telling me, Lord. The first is that we are to have compassion on those who are helpless. Whether that be the disabled, ill, young, or hurting – You have called us to care for others. The second is that our faith in You to be their Healer, Restorer, and Lover of Their Souls (as well as our own) is supposed to have a tinge of desperation for You. Our desire for You and Your Truth is supposed to be one that we are constantly seeking – “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God (Psalm 42:1).” Our culture has become so complacent to just fit a little bit of You in when it is convenient for them…we have hundreds of thousands of churches in this country, yet the fervor for which we seek You has become lukewarm. You say to the church at Laodicea in Revelation 3:16, “So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” We have to ask ourselves, are we in, or are we out? We have either been transformed by Your love and have experienced Your power in our lives, or we have not. There is no in-between. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (2 Corinthians 5:17).”
P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love for us, and Your power that is at work within us. Help us to see others with Your eyes, and fill our hearts with compassion to care. Break our hearts for what breaks Yours. Draw us closer to You, Lord, and may we desperately seek Your face each and every moment of the day.