Day #9: Which is easier?

Then behold, they brought Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier to say, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, arise and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" - then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house.

Matthew 9:2-7, NKJV

 

I believe one of the most serious problems to arise from the worldwide pandemic of the past year has been the loss of focus for many on the most important things. While it is true that the virus that has occupied the world's thoughts has been serious enough and many have indeed died from it, I believe it is nothing compared to the spiritual toll that it has taken. Now, I don't want to discount the fact that many people have drawn closer to God during this time, but many have also moved farther away. Each man will answer for his own deeds, and the question of whether you have moved closer or farther away from God must be answered on an individual basis.

 

So, the purpose of this devotional today is not one of judgment of others, it is one of introspection. Which have you found to be easier? To think about spiritual things, or physical? Hopefully, we are an intelligent people. We can "walk and chew gum" at the same time, so we can seek both the physical and the spiritual in our lives as well. But having viewed the anger and turmoil that so much of the world is experiencing at the present, it does make one wonder if this great focus on our physical well being has in ways diminished the more important focus on our spiritual health.

 

Which has been easier for you? To worry about your physical health, or to do something about your soul? It's something worth thinking about.

 

Today's reading is from the 9th chapter of Matthew. It shows how perfectly Jesus handled the physical and the spiritual and is a model for us all.