Luke 6:10-11 10 He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was completely restored. 11 But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
What in the world is going on here?! There is a man with a shriveled hand who comes to Jesus on the Sabbath. Jesus talks to him for a minute and his hand is miraculously healed. We have no indication that Jesus touched him, told him to be healed, or anything of the sort. Regardless, the hand was healed! There should be whooping and hollering. There should be a huge celebration! People should be asking, “Where’s the party?” Instead, the Pharisees got angry. What kind of a response is that? They were not at all happy for the guy who received the miracle; they were overtaken by their own issues.
I wonder if we ever have the same problem. Someone gets blessed and we get jealous. Someone gets healed and we get resentful. Someone succeeds and we get mad. What is it, friends, that causes us to respond in such a way? Because the one who suffers most from this response is ourselves. Responding negatively to another’s success is a sign that we have some areas in our life to look at. Have you been caught up in this trap? Are you unable to rejoice with others? If so, ask God to examine your heart today and reveal the places where you need healing. Let’s not be like the Pharisees; let’s strive to celebrate the successes of those around us.