Do you believe? I mean do you REALLY believe? Many times I have found myself asking God for help, but really I just want to do it on my own, in my own time, my own way. I pray for God’s help, but I really don’t truly want His help. Sometimes he is just too slow. I can do it now, better, faster.
I have a dear friend who has experienced so much turmoil in the last 7 years. Her life has been turned upside down in many ways. Suffering punctures her from every side of life. Recently, I have seen a huge change in her. She has allowed God to take charge. Instead of just praying for God to help her out of this horrible situation of life, she has actually allowed God to take over. She is showing an unbelievable trust that is amazing to witness.
I recently got to spend a little time with her (which because we live far away from each other, I don’t always get that chance). During our visit I felt something I hadn’t felt in years at her home – hope. My friend always had a strong faith life. She believes in God, practices her faith, goes to church every Sunday and sometimes more, volunteers her time, and has committed her life to being a good wife and mother. She is an awesome person. So, just what was she lacking? She didn’t quite trust God enough to turn over her problems to Him. She has a hard time accepting help from others – even from God. What I saw when I arrived at her house was a woman who was now fighting back with God’s strength. She was fighting for her family with a vengeance. It was amazing.
So this morning when I read the following scriptures from Matthew, I couldn’t help but think of my dear friend.
After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting,
“Son of David, have pity on us!”
They went right into the house where he was staying and Jesus said to them,
“Do you believe that I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened.
Jesus warned them sternly,
“See that no one knows about this.”
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.
Jesus made sure that before he performed His miracle that those two men had faith. They had to trust Him and be willing to allow Him to take over in order for the miracle to have a profound effect on their life. The men showed their faith. These men followed Jesus into the house where he was staying. They were persistent in receiving His help. I can just see these two blind men trying to follow Jesus and pushing forward through their struggle (of being blind) in order to receive a miracle from this King. At the end of this beautiful miracle, I have always wondered why Jesus says, “See that no one knows about this.”
I would want to spread the word about this great man – show everyone how wonderful He is. Why on earth does Jesus want them to be silent about this miraculous event that will change their life? After all, if my dear friend after giving her whole heart to Christ experiences a life changing event – I want to know!
I pulled out my handy-dandy Chronological Study Bible today and read the following: “Jesus told them to keep quiet about their healings because he did not want to be known only as a miracle worker. He healed because he had compassion on people, but he also wanted to bring spiritual healing to a sin-sick world.” —- Chronological Life Application Study Bible NLT Version
Jesus wants to heal our sin and our sufferings. He wants to help us, but we have to be open to His healing. There are times when I think I am open to Him and I just cannot figure out why He isn’t doing His miracle work on me. There are times when I truly believe I am trusting Him, but a part of me still wants to be in control. There are times when I beg Him for help, but I really want to do it my way. Jesus is just waiting on me to see He can do it, but I have to release it first. He is waiting to see just a small inkling of faith from me.
Thinking back to my friend; she may not share with me the changes that happen to her. The thing is, Jesus doesn’t want her to share the miracle – he wants her to share the faith. Just seeing the change in her over the last several months should inspire me to give everything to God. Her faith should inspire me – not the miracle.
Trust in Jesus this Advent. He will arrive on Christmas Day – you can bet on that. He will bring us peace on earth – you can bet on that. The key to all of that arriving, is if we open our heart and mind to Him, completely. And remember the most important part is not the miracle of His birth, but the faith that transpired because of that miracle…