“And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.” – Luke 5:18-19
How badly do you want Jesus? Are you willing to break through the ceiling of hinderances that separate you from Him? Are you desperate enough to fight through the busyness of a crowded life, climb over every obstacle, and breakthrough every limitation to be in the midst of Jesus’s sweet, saving, healing, restoring, presence?
How badly you want to be in God’s presence directly reflects how much you believe in Him, How much you love Him, and how much you have come to realize that you need Him. In moments of desperation it seems so easy to break through to God, but that is no reflection of His willingness to receive us as much as it is a reflection of our willingness to fight through the hindrances and distractions that keep us from His presence. It’s hard work to tear a roof off. Yet when the need was dire for these men, they pressed in together and did whatever needed to be done to get to Jesus. They labored, travailed, and fought through until they were in the presence of God. The desperation of the situation caused an activation of their faith and they simply broke through. Yet the fact remains that any among that crowd could have broken through that same ceiling to be near Jesus had they wanted to badly enough. Even these same men were capable of breaking through a ceiling without the motivation of desperation. However, it was the motivation of desperation that revealed this ability to them and it does the same for us.
It’s the desperate situations in our life that drive us to fight through the distractions and tear through the hindrances to get ourselves at all cost into the presence of God. Once we have we learn the invaluable lesson that we can. Those that hold on to this lesson once the desperation of the situation departs have a direct, undefiled, and unhindered communion with God. Those that decide it’s too much work to tear the roof off without the motivation of desperation, will inevitably find himself back in a situation of desperation yet again as the Lord tries to teach them one more time, how to break through.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” – James 5:16