A VERY BIG QUESTION
MATTHEW 9:27-31 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." 31 But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.
This is the brief story of the two blind men who followed Jesus. They were not followers per se. They were two guys who needed some help.
So, they followed behind Jesus, asking Him for mercy. They called Him Son of David, which was an indicator that they considered Him to be the Messiah.
Asking for mercy was smart because it showed they did not feel as if they had earned anything. Bear in mind that in that day, anyone with a disability had to deal with the public perception. The religious thinking of that day was that if you were blind, it was because you or your parents had sinned. So blind people were treated with reproach even more than pity. It had to be a double burden.
When these two men persisted in following Jesus into the house, He asked them a question. A very big question, "Do you believe I am able to do this?"
When they answered in the affirmative, Jesus touched their eyes and said something quite profound. "According to your faith, let it be to you."
In essence, Jesus told these two men that what they believed was extremely important.
These two men walked away with their sight. Their belief in God's power and mercy changed their lives.
We look back on these stories and assume that Jesus asked an easy question, "Do you believe I am able?" Of course, we answer.
But what happens when we ask that question in the light of our lives today? What do we believe God is able to do with the situations and challenges we face?
So, this is a great question to ask ourselves. Do we believe God is able to help us, strengthen us, give us peace, heal us, and provide for us? What do we believe?
Living by faith starts with believing God is real and that Jesus is the Savior of the world. But living by faith does not stop there. This is why Paul prayed for the church that our eyes would be enlightened. That we might 'see' more and more of our good Father God and what His power can do in our lives.
So, when we face the challenges of life, we answer, Yes, Lord, I believe!
Dear Lord, I believe You have answers for whatever I am facing in life. And I believe You can help me.