But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” Luke 13:12
Today’s reading is about a woman who was bent over and could not stand up straight. I cannot even imagine what this looked like, much less how it felt. As soon as Jesus saw her, He called to her and loosed her from a spirit that had been holding her in this position for eighteen years. He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.
The passage does not identify this condition as a disease or illness, infirmity simply means a weakness. Whether her weakness was in her back or her bone structure, it just doesn’t matter. The point is that whatever was weak was made strong when Jesus touched her life.
We all have infirmities in life. Weaknesses that can hold us back from completing the mission we have been assigned to accomplish. Whether physical, emotional or spiritual, these frailties can bind us up to the point of being ineffective.
The answer is to get into His presence. Set aside quiet time to press into His goodness and strengthen the weak areas of your life. He has a solution to whatever is hindering your ability to make an impact, but it is up to each person to individually “come to Him.”
Today I want to encourage you to answer His call to you. Start by surrendering all that you are and have to Him. Put up your hands and cry out for help in any area of your life that is weak and holding back His plan and purpose for you. Be loosed from the chains of sin and the oppression of the enemy to bind you up and paralyze you by saturating yourself in the love of God and be loosed today. Let Him strengthen all the weak areas of your life and when you do, you will hear Him say: “Child of God, you are loosed from your infirmities.” When this happens, remember to take the time to glorify God for all that He has brought you through!
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 13:10-17
10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
11 And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.
12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”
13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”
15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it?
16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.