Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them. — Luke 4:38–39 NKJV
Scripture doesn’t tell us much about Peter’s mother-in-law. We know she was at Peter’s house when Jesus came, and she was sick with a high fever. But why did she have a high fever? Did she have a virus or something more serious? Had she been sick for a short time, or did she have a lingering illness?
Regardless, those at Peter’s house petitioned Jesus on her behalf.
So what did Jesus do?
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and the fever left her.
What I find amazing is the last sentence. “And immediately she arose and served them.”
After I’ve been sick with a fever, it usually takes me a day or two to feel well enough to get out of bed and resume normal activities. The last thing I want to do is get up and serve a household of people. But that’s what this woman did, thanks to Jesus.
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James 4:2 says, “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God” (NIV). Those in Peter’s household asked, and Jesus gave them the desires of their hearts.
But does Jesus always answer with yes?
Sometimes He does, sometimes He doesn’t, and sometimes He requires we wait. But He always answers.
Lord, we don’t know how You will answer unless we ask. Sometimes You answer yes, sometimes no, and sometimes wait, but You always answer. If this reader needs Your healing touch, I pray You will stand over her, rebuke her illness, and heal her. In Christ’s name, amen.
About Hope for the Valley
Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.