Mark 8:22-23 “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.”
Some things can’t be forced. Sometimes, you just have to let the Lord teach you something and wait on His perfect timing. Sometimes miracles don’t happen instantly.
Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town, away from his friends. Jesus didn’t take the man by the arm and lead him, He took him by the hand, like he was family. Then, Jesus spit in his face. Jesus put His hands on his face. “What do you see?” “I see men as trees, walking.” Jesus had to touch him twice.
Mark 8:24-25 “And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”
Jesus led him from what he was to something else. The blind man was led by Someone he didn’t know to a place where he didn’t know.
Sometimes, miracles don’t happen the same way. God doesn’t touch us all the same way. The path He brings us isn’t the same as someone else, but it is always to Himself. Can you imagine if the first face you ever saw was the face of Jesus? Surely, Jesus was smiling. He brought him out of darkness into LIGHT.
Don’t be discouraged.
Isaiah 9:6 ‘the eternal one’ He is God with us. He is. HE IS.
God does not change.
Faith is a journey. The Lord doesn’t want to make you just feel better. He wants a relationship with you. The Lord of glory took time for one blind man and led him to a place, not just seeing, but understanding of His tender nature, His love. Jesus took him away from the town so the man was free to see Him as He is.
“I will be a father to you.”
At church don’t just expect to come and go. Touch the Lord. You don’t have to do anything to earn His love.
His Word is eternal and true.
Mat 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, …”
Trust your own testimony. If He touched you once, He will again. Remember your own testimony. Don’t get discouraged. He will lead you further, farther.
We are all blind in some way, even as we sit here today. Maybe our blindness is fear, or guilt, or depression, critical, negative thinking, hardness of heart, pride, our own will. We all need Him to touch our critical tongue, our bitter spirit.
This man didn’t walk away until the work was finished. Then, Jesus sent him home first.
Mark 8:26 “And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.”
Jesus touches our blindness and gives us desire to know Him.
Are you being led by the world or success or whatever? Or are you being led by Jesus? Be led toward life and not distraction.
Who are you bringing to Jesus? Friends, neighbors, kids’ friends, teachers, hungry people are out there. It is your turn. You know someone who is blind. Take them by the hand, feed them, and get them in His presence. If you can get them in His presence, they will never be the same.
Will you let someone else teach you and lead you to the Lord? Let someone who isn’t perfect lead you? Open your heart and expect something wonderful to happen to you. Let Him have His way with you.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by guest missionary: Pastor Craft.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.