Whether you’re participating in a competition, watching a game or witnessing an accident, emotions vary depending upon the outcome. Winning elicits smiles, encourages applause and promotes praise from those in the attendance. Meanwhile, losing can trigger tears to flow, depression to linger and disappointment to reside within heartbroken souls. Thus, anytime someone experiences euphoria, misfortune will visit those on the opposing side.
So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed, Mark 5:20.
The gospel of Mark contains one of the first exorcisms ever recorded. Although there isn’t any evidence of this man’s head twisting around like Hollywood’s version, the demon possessed man exhibited super human strength. Nonetheless, as Jesus performed another miracle, John 21:25, few people recognize the misfortune of this pig farmer. Two thousands pigs is a lot of bacon, pork and income lost. Without any warning, an entire life’s savings was gone, floating away like the devastation citizens of Texas are coping with following historic flooding.
Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened, Mark 5:14.
As the summer approaches, the weather will cause business owners to either praise God or curse Him. Beach resorts are hoping for sunny and warm weekends while farmers pray for rain to water their arid fields. Though car washes and golf courses long for dry skies, shopping malls wouldn’t mind an afternoon shower to fill up their stores. Whatever happens, euphoria will come to the victors and misfortune to the defeated as this roller coaster of emotions will continue until your time on earth comes to an end. Therefore, prepare yourself for every situation with the calming force of prayer, Philippians 4:6-7.
by Jay Mankus