A QUESTION WORTH ASKING
MATTHEW 9:27-30 NKJ
27 When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.”
In chapters eight and nine of Matthew, we see Jesus mention faith five different times.
Little faith, great faith, visible faith. These are inspired words, and when a theme is repeated, we need to pay attention.
In this passage, we see two blind men coming to Jesus asking Him for mercy. There are many questions Jesus could have asked these guys. He could have asked why they thought they deserved mercy. He could have asked about how committed they were to God. These are qualifying questions, but they are not what Jesus asked.
He simply asked if they believed that He, Jesus, was able to do this, to heal them. It's a question worth asking. For when they answered Yes, Jesus touched their eyes and healed them. I have noticed Jesus never turned anyone away. He would work with them to get them to a place of believing, but He was always willing to help.
But these two blind men did not require much help. They came to Jesus believing He could heal them of blindness. These two answered Jesus' question the right way, and according to what they believed, they walked away seeing.
One of the best things we can ask ourselves is this: do we believe God is able to do _____________ (you fill in the blank). Do we believe He can help us solve problems, heal sickness, enable us to walk free of the habits that have plagued us? The list goes on, but it's a great place to start.
If our answer is Yes, Lord, we are on the right track. If we really don't know, it would be good to admit that then ask the Lord for His help. God can guide us by His Spirit and His word into a place where we are confident we do believe. And believing Him is where we want to be. Do you believe? Yes, Lord. Emphatically yes!
Dear Lord help me get to a place of greater confidence and faith in You. It was important in Bible days, and it's important in these days also.