Blind Faith

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must first believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”Hebrews 11:6

First: Believe that He exists and is able to do anything.

Then: Believe that He rewards those who seek Him.

I want to read that one more time…“and without faith it is impossible to please God…” I don’t know about you, but it sounds to me like if you don’t have faith, you aren’t pleasing God. These two statements (believing in God and believeing that He rewards), are beautifully portrayed through two different stories found in the book of Matthew.

“Jesus Heals Two Blind Men”

Story One – Mathew 9:27-29 “And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him crying aloud, “Have mercy on us Son of David”. When he entered 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.” Then he touched their eyes, saying “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened.”

We must FIRST believe that He is able to open our blind eyes (blind eyes being any breakthrough or miracle in your life). That is the clear first step. Believe that He exists and is ABLE to do it. This faith pleases Him, and He will open our eyes.

Story Two – Mathew 20:29-34 “And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd rebuked them telling them to be silent,  but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us Son of David!” And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” They said to him. “Lord, let our eyes be opened” And Jesus, in pity, touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.”

The next “step” mentioned in Hebrews 11:6 is that “He rewards those who seek Him.” I honestly think this is harder than the first (believing He is able). This step involves an even higher level of faith. Recently, I was asking God how I should be praying into a certain situation, and I couldn’t find peace on what God was asking of me, until I read this second story. The words jumped off the page from the mouth of Jesus into my bedroom.

“What do you want me to do for you?”

That just seemed wrong to me. It felt wrong to ask God to do something for me. I would feel more comfortable asking “God, what do YOU want from ME?”…and yet I love how he asked the blind men this question. Jesus KNEW they were blind. I mean, He must have known! They were rejects of society. They were on the roadside being rebuked by those who walked by sight. I’m sure no one was helping them and they were crying out in random directions “Lord, have mercy on us Son of David!” Jesus knew what they wanted. Jesus knows what you want. He knows you are blind. It is obvious to Him! He knows every desire of your heart (because He placed them there), yet He still asks “What do you want me to do for you?”

These blind men aren’t going to say “Well, I actually have a pretty bad headache… so if you could heal that, it would be great.” nor do they reply with something similar to what we always say like, “Well, if it is your will, maybe you could heal my sight….but God only if it is in your will.” Hear me out, I am NOT saying that we should pray things outside of God’s will, but there comes a time when your faith hasn’t been loud enough to stop Jesus. Wait…what?

“And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you”?”

They had already cried out once but were “rebuked and told to be silent…” by enemies surrounding them. They had to, “cry out all the more…” to stop Jesus as He walked by. We must have faith that is so loud, it reaches far above the odds against us, and straight to the ears of Jesus.

The beautiful thing, is that we have something these  “Pre-Ascension/Pre-Holy Spirit abiding” blind men didn’t. We have the risen Jesus who intercedes on our behalf and the Holy Spirit who works and speaks on our behalf. PRAISE GOD! Lastly, we have a God who listens to our pleas, and answers our cries for mercy.

“I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call on Him as long as I live.” – Psalm 116:1

Jesus is simply asking us to be bold and faithful enough to tell him what we want him to do for us AND believe that he is able to do it. It might seem like a scary way to pray, but it is a faith filled prayer, that pleases Him more than we can even imagine.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must first believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”Hebrews 11:6

b.c.h

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