“27 As soon as Jesus got out of the boat, a certain man met him. The man was from the city and was possessed by demons. For a long time, he had lived among the tombs, naked and homeless. 28 When he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down before him. Then he shouted, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torture me!” (Luke 8:27-28 CEB)
On the surface, this passage from the story of the Gerasene Demoniac appears to be out-dated. We don’t believe in demons, any more. Or perhaps we see the demons as a mental illness.
I wonder, though. Certainly the demons (called Legion) were powerful. Yet, Legion recognized Jesus for what he was: “Son of the Most High God.” And when they begged to be saved from the watery underworld that would destroy them, Jesus seemed to acquiesce to their request. Only, they ended up in the watery abyss, anyway.
Almost ten years ago, I came to the realization that if I didn’t make some changes with my life, I would retire and die knowing that I had made it possible for people to use their credit cards more efficiently. Having worked in the credit card industry for twenty years, I became appalled that this would be my heritage. I quit and never looked back.
The down side to this was a marked difference in my paycheck. Since leaving the credit card world I have chosen to use my skills to help people. I have loved the work and I can’t believe that God has placed me where I am now. But getting to this point was difficult financially. As my husband and I worked to pay down debt, the demonic voices told me what a loser I was.
“You’re a lousy money manager.”
“You should have planned better.”
“You’ll never be any good at anything you do.”
On and on it went. Every time we sat down to pay bills, those internal voices vied for my attention. Until the day that I asked God to show me a better way. Whether I was good at a task or not didn’t matter. How I serve God today is all that matters. And that one voice among the many rises above the others saying, “I am enough. I am all you need.”
What demons are chasing you down? Change? Job concerns? Money? Broken relationships? Or simply the day-to-day details that come up in our lives?
The voice among the many can be a friend who suggests a better way. The voice among the many is the one who steps in and lends a hand. The voice among the many is there beside you helping you and listening to you. The voice is that of Jesus offering peace and hope and a transformed life.
And this offer occurs over and over and over again.
The hard part is falling at his feet and accepting what he has to offer.
All glory and honor be to God.