SEEING…AND GETTING IT!

“I won’t believe it until I see it!” That is the battle cry of most of us. We have been deceived and fooled by many who think they have the answer. So we are cautious not wanting to be hurt or fooled again. Sometimes not believing is merely a matter of complacency on our part, too. It’s too worrisome to believe, or it is too much work to believe for believing might lead to accepting and growing up which is something we don’t want to see, or hear, or work toward. We would rather look inward, stay comfortable with what we know now, than seeing what could be. Could this be why the disciples weren’t getting it, because it was too hard to consider that Jesus might die? Then be raised again? Nope, just can’t see that happening. Let’s just move on, keep life as it is. We will think about it later.

We just don’t “get it” sometimes…and we remain blind to all that God would have us be…and do. We don’t get that life is all about God. Life is praising God, looking to Him for our salvation through Jesus, then walking the harder, narrower road to a complete, whole, continuing relationship with Him. The disciples didn’t get it what Jesus was talking about and remained blind to what He was predicting for the future. This is probably why these two unrelated stories come together to help us realize the blindness we have when we just don’t get it or even try to get it. Yes, sometimes we are as blind as the man in this story…until Jesus heals him.

Luke 18, The Message
I Want to See Again
31-34 Then Jesus took the Twelve off to the side and said, “Listen carefully. We’re on our way up to Jerusalem. Everything written in the Prophets about the Son of Man will take place. He will be handed over to the Romans, jeered at, made sport of, and spit on. Then, after giving him the third degree, they will kill him. In three days he will rise, alive.” But they didn’t get it, could make neither heads nor tails of what he was talking about.

35-37 He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is going by.”

38 He yelled, “Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”

39 Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”

40 Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, “What do you want from me?”

41 He said, “Master, I want to see again.”

42-43 Jesus said, “Go ahead—see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing—and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.

First of all, we need to TELL Jesus what we want from Him. “I want to see again.” I want to understand and live life with You! I want to praise you relentlessly! I want to shout praises to You, giving You all the glory for all that You have done, are doing and will do in your lives, even to the last detail! You are God and we are not! Have mercy on us, O Lord.

Jesus said, Go ahead—see again. Your faith has saved and healed you. I know you get it!

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Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for instant healing You provide when we ask for help, to see again, the wonders of Your unconditional love, mercy and grace. Thank you for instant and forever forgiveness. Thank you for opening our eyes to see Your glory. Thank you for another breath this morning to praise You. Continue to be with us this day. Bless our readers, our friends in the faith with eyes to see and minds to get it, too, and be healed as well! In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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