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.” (Luke 9:37-40)
Last month, at a Zoom Christian writer’s meeting, my submission stated humans were created millions of years ago. My writer friends, usually open minded, jumped on me for having an evolutionary, not biblical, view of creation. Wikipedia states early man existed 2.5 million years ago. That was when mankind began making basic tools. The Bible isn’t a science book; it’s a history book that meets our spiritual needs. I think it’s a stretch to count through the generations of Israelites in the Bible to calculate when man was created. Two reasons people reject Christianity are asking people to surrender their scientific beliefs and not giving love and spiritual healing to people who seek it.
Jesus promised the apostles could perform physical and spiritual healing when He sent them out on their own. So, the man in the crowd went to the disciples begging them to heal his son. The disciples let him down in two ways. They didn’t heal his son, and they didn’t guide him to Jesus. I’m sure the crowd watched and the incident caused some to not follow Jesus. Luckily, the man was desperate and still found Him. Christians may not all have the gift of physical healing, but we all have God’s power to love and serve others.
Father God, remind me to think before I open my mouth. I’m your representative, and what I say and do affects the way people feel about You. Help me to use the power of love and service You’ve given me to guide others to you before they’re desperate. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.