Scripture: Matthew 9:27-29 (NIV)
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”
This very short account of healing in Matthew is tucked in the middle of a chapter of more dramatic healings. In fact, these two verses feel very much like a bullet point in a list of things Jesus had to do that day.
The small but outstanding quality of this healing that always raises my attention is simply that blind men followed Jesus. They were blind and they followed Him. It was dark and they found their way to Him. His response to their courage and determination was to reward their faith. It was not lost on Jesus that these individuals found Him in the midst of their darkness. He sets them up and puts their faith on display in front of the crowd with a simple question. “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
Of course they believed Jesus could do this– this is why they searched around in the dark to find Him.
Many of us find ourselves in the dark today– uncertain of where to take the next step, and unable to find a focal point or direction to go. Jesus asks us today, even if we can’t see, Are we still searching in the darkness for Him? Are we still listening for His voice? Do we still know the sound of His footsteps in our lives? Before you can show faith in His ability to bring light, you must first remember that He is the source of light. Listen for His voice today.
- What realities have made your life dark today? What has made you stop searching in the darkness for Him?
- Where is the last place you heard His voice? What would it take for you to retrace your steps to where you last heard Him, even if it’s in the darkness?
Soul Care Practice
Become aware of God’s loving presence and imagine Jesus saying these words to you: “Do you believe I am able to do this?” Talk with Jesus about any thoughts, reflections, challenges, and emotions come up within you. How can you embody these words and follow Christ in your home, neighborhood, and workplace?
Read Jesus’ words again slowly: “Do you believe I am able to do this?” How did these words shape and guide you today? Pray your thoughts, desires, needs, struggles, and joys from today. As you go to bed, rest in God’s presence.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” (Ephesians 3:16-17)
Written by Becky White, Pastor of Counseling and Care