|Matthew 9:27-34||Read Online|
When He entered the house, the blind men approached Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they answered Him.
Then He touched their eyes, saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith!”
People have called on the name of Jesus since the days He first walked this earth. In their pain and grief, men and women have asked that Jesus would have mercy on them. And since those first cries were heard in Judean countryside, Jesus has been asking the same question in reply, “Do you believe?”
In today’s story, Jesus didn’t immediately respond to request of these men. He didn’t whirl on His heels, wave His hand and scatter the blindness that had held them captive for years.
Instead, He brought up that same nagging question He has been asking through the years, “Do you really, truly, with all your heart believe I am capable of what you ask?”
Why? Doesn’t Jesus know our hearts better than we know them? Does He really have to ask such questions? Like many others, I believe Jesus never asks questions for His benefit. It is for ours.
In the case of these men, Jesus’ delay and the impending question caused them to search their hearts for two things. First, did they really believe? Not intellectual assent. Not an attitude of “just in case He can.” Jesus did not want to be treated as a last resort or a safety net.
However, many of us still approach Jesus with our requests in that manner today. We’ve tried everything else, so we reason that it won’t hurt to ask the Savior. That’s never been the relationship Jesus seeks with His children. He didn’t want it from these two blind men. It’s not what He desires from us now.
The second point might have been just as painful for these men to confront. Did they really want to be healed? Ouch! How could the Savior ask such a heartless question? Didn’t He know their condition?
Yes—and He knows yours as well. He knows the failures you have. He knows the weaknesses that plague you, the blindness that keeps you from seeing what He desires for you.
For many, though, we are more comfortable hiding behind our “handicaps.” To step out in faith might mean a different life altogether. Indeed, it might mean healing. If He healed us, though, how could we ever explain our sin, our forgetfulness, our brokenness or our infidelities?
Make no mistake, Jesus still asks the same question of us today. And with that question, He asks us to probe our inmost being to see if we are really ready to “see” with the eyes of Christ and to walk in faithfulness with Him.
Let His gentle words to the blind men remind us of what it is that really holds us back… “according to your faith will it be done.” What does your faith really look like as you call out to Jesus today?
- What “blindness” do you have that you need to bring to Jesus?
- Do you really believe God can deliver the healing He has promised for those who seek Him? Do you really want to be relieved of those infirmities?
- How would healing make your life look different? Are you prepared for that kind of change in your existence?
- Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done.” What does that look like in your relationship with Him? Is your faith a strong and sincere one or do you have hesitations about trusting Christ?