Many crowds came to him who had the lame and the blind and dumb and the crippled and many others, and they laid them at the feet of Yeshua and he healed them.
Matthew 15: 30 (Aramaic NT)
When you read this verse, what do you see? Most probably you see Jesus healing all manner of diseases, but this morning the words I see most clearly isn’t the fact that He healed all these illnesses and disabilities but the fact that these people were laid at Yeshua’s feet. There is so much symbolism here, what does it mean to be at someone’s feet? What does it mean to you? To me these words symbolise safety and security, when I am in pain, doubt or despair there’s no where that I prefer to be than at my Saviour’s feet, at His feet is where the real healing takes place.
At Your Feet
I am in distress O Yah
My soul is troubled
The prison walls are looming
And I am afraid.
Fear takes me away from You,
My distress chokes Your truth
Help me to find You again
Help me leave this prison behind.
Open Your gates to me O Yah,
There is only one place I gain comfort;
Let me enter into Your courts
I want only to be at Your feet.
At Your feet I am safe
No evil can befall me here,
I am at peace once more
My soul is at rest.
I don’t know about you but when I’m afraid that’s when things start to go wrong for me, not only do I start to become anxious but my prayers start to sound a bit like “Lord, deliver me out of this situation” aka “I’m a Christian, get me out of here!” My instinct is to run away, I want to run because I’m afraid but the truth is that even if God does deliver me from this situation today, there will be many other times in my life when I will be in a similar situation where what I am seeing on the outside will cause me to tremble and quake. I realise that the best thing I can do, the better prayer to pray is “Lord, give me peace in the midst of this storm”.
Why do I say this? Fear is a symptom of a deeper unrest, it is a symptom of bondage. I am afraid because I feel overwhelmed, out of control, vulnerable. But what is the root cause of my fear, what is its origin? If God does deliver me from all of my fears, He will not be able to show me the origin of my fear and give me healing concerning it – I will continue to be afraid. I don’t want to be afraid, fear is a bondage, a little while ago I prayed to God to reveal me the origin of my fears because I want to be free. Fear is not from God but peace and rest. When I am afraid I have no peace and I am not at rest. I want God to replace my fear with His Shalom and my distress with His Shabbat.
What are the things that make you afraid? Is there somewhere you go to experience God’s deep healing?
Lord God, fill Your children with Your Shabbat Shalom (Restful Peace). Help us to not focus on the prison walls that seem to loom up all around us but instead to enter through Your gates, past Your courts so that we can rest at Your feet.
In Yeshua’s name I pray. Amen.