A Question of Faith

Tuesday, December 12                  

The account of the two blind men that pleaded for Christ to heal them in Mt. 9:27-31 is short but revealing concerning faith.  What is interesting in this account is Jesus’ question when the blind men make their appeal for healing.  He said “Do you believe that I am able to this?”  He didn’t ask them if they believed he would do it, but could he do it. These are two very different things.  For most of us there is no doubt as to Jesus’ ability to perform miracles.  The question is always will he do what we request?  But when we don’t get an immediate or satisfactory answer, we often question whether we had enough faith—which is may be the wrong question to ask.  God will always hear us if we are in fellowship with him. if we are connected to the vine, “abiding” in him.  Psalm 66:18-19 (NIV).  “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.  But God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.”  Unconfessed needs to be dealt with.  1 John 1:9 tells us how to do that.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  But hearing us still doesn’t guarantee that God will take action.  It may not be what is best for us or it may not fit into his plans which we are not always privy to.  :His ways are past finding out.”  And it could be that the time is not right and that our request will be answered later.  Rather than question our faith, we should simply trust God and ask for his will to be done.

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