Faith Finds a Way

Bible Reading: Mark 2:1-12

It is the nature of faith to take risks and overcome obstacles.  Faith finds a way when there isn’t any way apparent.  Such was the case with the paralyzed man we read about in Mark Chapter 2.  We are not told how long the man had been paralyzed, though it had likely been for many years.  It would be difficult for most of us to relate to the severity of his need. Legs were made to walk, arms to do many things—but his were immovable and worthless.  He depended on others for all things, and that was the hardest part of his experience.  One would suppose that he had long ago abandoned any hope of regaining his mobility.

But he and his friends had heard about Jesus and the amazing miracles He had performed.  And he thought—they thought—that maybe Jesus could heal him, too.  But everyone else had heard about Jesus also, such that “people were coming to Him from every quarter” (Mark 1:45).  And though Jesus was right there in his own town, there was no apparent way “to get near Him” (Mark 2:4).  The multitudes were there.  “Pharisees and teachers… from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem” were there (Luke 5:17). The home was filled, and so was the doorway.  It would be hard enough for a man by himself to make his way through such a crowd, let alone a group of friends carrying a paralyzed man.

But true faith finds a way when there isn’t any way apparent.  It looks past the obstacles and fixes its gaze on its object, deeming it trustworthy.  Someone came up with the plan, one of the man’s friends or the paralyzed man himself.  They all concurred: “What if we let him down through the roof?”  It was an audacious plan, and it would be incredibly challenging to carry their friend to the roof and then let him down safely! 

His friends cautiously made their way to the roof, then “let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, right in the center, in front of Jesus” (Luke 5:19).  “Seeing their faith, (Jesus) said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20).  A debate then ensued between the religious leaders and Jesus regarding that matter, but the result for the man was the same.  “(Jesus) said to the paralytic—‘I say to you, rise, and take up your stretcher and go home” (Luke 5:24).  “And at once he rose up before them, and took up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God” (Luke 5:25).

They had believed that if they could make their way to Jesus, their friend would be made well. Their faith devised an elaborate plan and propelled their laborious efforts.  “Their faith” (Luke 5:20) was rewarded and their friend was healed, body and soul.  Immobile hands and feet were given new life and steps were taken and all was gloriously changed.  The crowds “were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this’ (Mark 2:12).”

To problems great and small, Jesus is the answer.  Sometimes Goliath sized fears and mountain sized obstacles work to immobilize us.  “Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, threaten the soul with infinite loss.”  But faith says: “He is Able!” Sin works a spiritual paralysis in us.  Who hasn’t experienced discouragement or defeat?  But Jesus can forgive and restore!   Good friends direct and encourage others to look to Him (Romans 1:12).  Sometimes as burden bearers, sometimes as burdens borne (Galatians 6:2).  In either case, let us be careful to make our way by faith to the One who alone can heal and forgive (Hebrews 4:16).

“Sometimes Goliath sized fears and mountain sized obstacles work to immobilize us.  “Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold, threaten the soul with infinite loss.”  But faith says: ‘He is Able!’”

Jerry Conklin


Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Brightly doth His Spirit shine
Into this poor heart of mine;
While He leads I cannot fall;
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Singing if my way is clear,
Praying if the path be drear;
If in danger for Him call;
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Trusting Him while life shall last,
Trusting Him till earth be past;
Till within the jasper wall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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