Luke 7:11 – And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
Through diligent study, there is much we might know about the life of Jesus before He stepped into His earthly ministry, but still, we would not know the things He did daily. But after His baptism at Jordan, I am sure that there was something drawing on Him daily, as I am likewise sure He drew on and from Father daily. While they are certainly not all recorded in the Scriptures, what has been recorded clearly indicates that even when He withdrew from the crowds, there were the daily pressures on those He came to reach that pulled on Him, spirit, soul, and body, every day He lived.
In our Text for Today, we see Jesus about to have an encounter with the widow of Nain, and we are told this was “the day after.” The “day after” what? It was the previous day that Jesus had encountered the Roman centurion about whose faith He had marveled. This is what brings me to the focus of today’s Second Miler. Jesus was in Capernaum when He healed the centurion’s servant. That same day, He healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and it was on the Sabbath. When the sun had gone down, and the Sabbath had ended, multitudes came to Jesus at Peter’s house, and He healed them. It seemed that every way He turned, there was ministry to perform. Some of it came to Him in the form of a request. At other times, He saw a need and simply responded with compassion, not being asked to do anything. That is what happened as He entered into Nain as a funeral procession passed.
Today, as it was in His earthly ministry, people constantly needed Him at some level. And when He was needed, He never failed in His calling, always leaning on His anointing. Paul spoke of the same kinds of care, current pressures, daily pressures, that came on him regarding the churches. But thanks be to God, we are not left to face such pressures that are still present every day of our lives. We need not run from it. We are commanded to cast the cares of these things on the Lord, for He cares for us. Please note, while God DOES love us, this passage is not referring to love, but to handling the cares, worries, anxieties, and pressures of daily living. When we read that the Lord “cares for us,” it means precisely what it says. He is handling the “cares” of this life; all of them, if we will cast them on Him. Just as Jesus leaned always on the anointings placed in His life by the Father, we can do the same. And when we do, we need not faint, but can stand strong in our kingdom work . . . daily.
Manna for Today – Luke 7:11-17; Psalm 68:19; Isaiah 58:2; Matthew 6:11; 2 Corinthians 11:28; 1 Peter 5:1-11; Galatians 6:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:13