Take It to the Lord
When Jesus encountered a blind man, His disciples immediately began to discuss the reason for the man’s condition. They asked Jesus, ‘Was this man’s blindness the result of his own sins, or the sins of his parents?’ Jesus answered, ‘[He was born blind] so the power of God could be seen in him.’
Notice four things:
1) The disciples were eager to attribute the man’s problem to his sin. And Satan will try to convince you that because of your sin you’re disqualified from God’s grace, but you’re not! God doesn’t examine your past to decide your future.
2) When Jesus healed him, the neighbors were more interested in debating than celebrating—and not much has changed! They started asking, ‘“…Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was…others said, “No…”’ (vv 8-9 NLT).
3) His healing failed the ‘religiosity test’ because the Pharisees said, “…This man Jesus is not from God…working on the Sabbath…”’ (v 16 NLT).
4) Even the man’s parents weren’t free to praise God, because ‘…anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue’ (v. 22 NLT). To the neighbors he was a misfit, to church leaders he was a topic of debate, to his parents he was a social stigma, so they ‘…threw him out’ (v 34 NIV).
End of story?
Thank God—no! ‘Jesus…went and found him… [and]…said, “I came…so that those who have never seen will see…”’ (vv 35, 39 TM).
So instead of rehashing your problem and listening to other people’s opinions, take it to the Lord in prayer. When you share it with others, the best you’ll get is sympathy, but when you share it with Jesus you’ll get a solution.
‘…so the power of God could be seen in him.’ John 9:3 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
As Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. He cried out, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!” and those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “son of David, have mercy on me!” & Jesus stopped & commanded him to be brought to him, & when he came near, Jesus asked him, “what do you want me to do for you?” he said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” and Jesus said to him, “recover your sight; your faith has made you well!” and immediately he recovered his sight & followed Jesus, glorifying God.
Never stop crying out to Jesus! He wills top & say “what do you want me to do for you!” He loves you & longs for you to see & know Him! Cry out until Jesus calls you to himself & gives you your heart’s desire! God brings trials to teach you to cry out in desperation until He comes & rescues you! Seek Him today! Never delay!