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And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. Mark 3:5

 

Stretch out your hand

Written by Michael Herbert

Maybe the man was caught by surprise at the request of Jesus. Our narrative does not state the man with the withered hand was rich, popular or served in the ministry or choir, yet this is the one Jesus went to. My heart tells me he had been praying for healing for his arm, yet it seems the miracle was never going to happen. God always requires faith for any miracle to come forth. This would be no different. Jesus said to the man to Stretch out your hand right in front of the whole synagogue, what was this man suppose to do? On the one hand, he had been praying for healing, yet now his peers were looking onward. Jesus believed any day would be a good day for a miracle so why not on the Sabbath day? The man who goes unnamed did as Jesus asked. In an act of complete surrender, he is stating, Jesus you are able to do all things. I might have waited a long time for this day to come forth yet it has and I am grateful for what you are doing in my life today.

How often do we give up on the prayers we lift before the Lord? Jesus is asking us to stretch forth our withered hands with nothing to offer him other than our faith. The man in our story did not seek Jesus, but Jesus sought him. From this point forward, this man’s life will be forever changed. He’s never had two good arms and hands to use before. Clearly, he is in a new season in life. God’s miracles are new seasons for those who experience his love in the miracle. Stretch forth your hand in faith and see what Jesus can do.