What you want
They’d probably know the man for a while. He had probably not been able to walk all of his life and for that reason had to beg on the side of some street asking for help in any way.
This might have been how they started their friendship–I’m not really sure. The text doesn’t give us any insight.
But the fact is they were the kind of friends you want to have. Friends that would do almost anything for you. That’s what they did for their paralyzed friend. The persisted on getting Him to Jesus on a hunch that He might be able to heal him.
But something catches me off guard. Read Mark 2:4-5 (NIV)
Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
These men, after trying to get through a crowd with no success, climbed a roof with their friend, damaged someone’s property and then broke an entering just so their friend could have a chance to be in front of Jesus.
He and they alike came with the belief that what He needed was healing from his paralysis. That’s what he wanted—to not be paralyzed anymore.
But that’s not what Jesus gave Him, at least not at first.
What you need
Because Jesus knew what He really needed. He gave Him something of eternal value that would outlast his earthly life, unlike a healing of his paralysis.
Often we think that faith is that God will give us what we think we need.
- He’ll provide the extra money
- He will heal us
- He will restore that relationship
- He will give us the job we want
- He will give you a road map with very clear and precise directions to follow and detailed explanations about what to do in every imaginable scenario.
But God knows what we really need—we need God himself.
Jesus gave the man who was paralyzed something of much greater value—Jesus healed him spiritually and gave him eternal life with God the father and forgiveness of sins.
Now Jesus did go on and heal Him physically but that came after.
Wants versus Needs
Maybe you’re in a place where it’s hard for you to even function because you think you need something, but God really knows what you need.
Trust Him. He is faithful always.
Take a moment and Pray this verse:
Philippians 4:6 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.