Stretching from withered places
The miracle of the healing of the man with the withered hand is interesting on so many different levels.
Yes, it reminds us of how God will show up and miracles will ensue. How when he speaks, healings take place. How Jesus can walk into the room and change a life almost instantly.
But what is more interesting is how God chose to heal this man in the synagogue.
Sickness in Godly places
It is a sad state for anyone to have a withered situation in their life. It is even more heartbreaking when they are a part of a fellowship that follows the living God. This man with the withered hand was a part of the synagogue. He was one of the members and was found in their gatherings.
Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Mark 3 : 2
But from the text, it seems that the fellowship he was a part of, did not want any part of him. They would rather see him persist in his infirmity and follow their ideals than for him to be healed outside their rules.
A church that does not operate in a Godly vision will be devoid of Godly love. They will be unable to understand what the people need. Such a church is as withered as the hand of the man we are talking about.
Thankfully, we serve a God who knows what we need. He is touched by the feelings of our infirmity and is moved with compassion on our pain. He will not stand by and let us continue in our sorrow.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15
Stand up and Stretch out
Jesus did not touch this man physically. We don't read, that he hugged him or comforted him. What he said would probably be considered rude if we did not know the consequences of those words.
He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”... Mark 3 : 5
Jesus asked him to stretch out his hand. The same hand that had been shriveled and bent out of shape. The same hand that was part of his body but had no meaning in his life. Stretching a withered hand is also not an easy task. Muscles in the limbs of the human body tend to atrophy when not in constant use. To reactivate the nerves and use them would mean going through immense pain during physiotherapy.
Jesus asked the man to stretch out his hand with his own strength. No one was around to pull and straighten his hand. Just his faith in the word of the savior.
...He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Mark 3 : 5
Demonstration of our faith will not be painless. But therein lies the miracle. The word of God asks us to stretch out and do impossible things simply because, when we obey - the same word can make the impossible possible.
God's commandments are His enablements. If He has asked you to move, you can be sure, He will be there throughout the journey and cheering for you at the finish line.
Examine your life today for your withered places. God is asking you to stretch out from those exact places. Growth is simply stretching from where we are to where we ought to be.