King Jeroboam gasped in horror. The hand he had stretched out to have the man of God arrested had itself been arrested – arrested and dried up. Broken was the altar the king had erected, its ashes spilled upon the ground. God had brought judgment upon his idolatry, just as the young prophet had predicted. (See I Kings 13:1-2)
It was quick and it was fierce. It was also up close and personal, just like any sickness or disease that comes your way.
“The LORD thy God, He is… faithful… (He) keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him… and repayeth them that hate Him to their face,” according to Deuteronomy 7:10 (Moses’ words).
Jeroboam’s idolatry and failure to heed God’s warning were what caused his hand to wither. He had flagrantly disobeyed the first two commandments and in so doing had led his subjects to commit a grave sin. He did NOT deserve to be healed. He deserved to be severely punished. That’s where God’s grace and mercy come in to play, for Jeroboam humbled himself. He begged the prophet to pray for him. The prophet did so, and Jeroboam’s hand was restored to normal.
God’s mercy is remarkable, if we’ll admit we need it. His grace is free, and can restore the most shriveled of limbs. Jeroboam didn’t earn it, but he asked for grace and he received it. Keep in mind, this happened in the Old Testament. The people were under law. To please God, they had to keep all His commands, which no one could do perfectly.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24
“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)
Jesus healed everyone who came to Him and even some who didn’t. When He saw a man in a synagogue with a withered hand, He didn’t pronounce judgment on him. He healed him. Are you withered in some way, either physically or emotionally?
No matter what the cause of it, He wants to heal you too. Just humble yourself and ask. Admit you don’t deserve it. Remember that according to I Peter 5:5, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”