Luke 7:12 — As He approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her (NIV).
In Luke 7, Jesus and the disciples went to a town called Nain. As they neared the town gate, they encountered the funeral procession of a certain widow’s only son. I want to focus on the condition of this poor woman. There are many people today who likely find themselves in a similar position. If you’re one of them, I pray you are encouraged by this story.
This woman was obviously in great need. She had already lost her husband, and now her only son was dead. The Bible says a large crowd of people surrounded her, but I imagine she had never felt more alone. Her physical needs were great, but notice how Jesus approached her. Luke 7:13 says, “When the Lord saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry” (NIV).
The widow must have been in agony. She was probably inconsolable, and who could blame her? Jesus’ heart went out to her, and I can picture Him walking up and embracing her. He recognized that her heart was broken, and He immediately ministered to the emotional need first.
Early in ministry, Heidi and I encountered a young lady who had been sexually molested by a family member. She was eventually removed from the situation and was living in a safe place when we met her. We recognized early on that she was emotionally unstable, and when she finally shared her story with us, we understood why. Her physical needs were met when she moved into a safer home, but she was still carrying around the emotional trauma from the abuse.
The point I want to make is that a person cannot be completely healed unless his or her emotional needs are met. That’s why Jesus ministered to the widow’s emotions first. If you find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster today, Jesus is crossing paths with you right now. He is more than able to meet your emotional needs. Allow Him to embrace you. I’m praying for you today.
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