Luke 18 - Eyes to See, Josh Higdon
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” - Helen Keller
“What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said, “All right, receive your sight! Your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus, praising God. And all who saw it praised God, too.”
Luke 18:41-43 NLT
Imagine for a second being blind, physically unable to see. For me, my mind is instantly filled with sights that I've experienced, the faces of loved ones, memories that at one point I visualized and tucked away into my mind for future recollection. But if born blind, I wouldn't be able to do this. I would be limited, if not totally incapable of conjuring up ideas of what things looked like if I was never able to see.
Spiritually speaking, we were all born blind. And this passage provides the key that allows us to unlock our spiritual sight. That key is faith. This man heard the commotion of a passing crowd, so he asked what was going on. Hearing who was passing by, the man, obviously with some knowledge of who Jesus was or having heard of the miracles He had performed, begins to shout out. The crowd attempted to quiet the blind beggar, but the only one that mattered heard his desperation and stopped to perform this miracle. And in an instant, the man could see. And others, who seconds earlier attempted to quiet the blind beggar, were also given sight.
How often do we as believers walk in functional, spiritual blindness? Easily overwhelmed by our circumstances we forget that Jesus is nearby, listening and waiting for us to call out to Him. It reminds me of Mark 8 when the disciples began to argue because they forgot to bring bread. Hearing them argue, Jesus says, “You have eyes—can’t you see? You have ears—can’t you hear?’ Don’t you remember anything at all?” (Mark 8:18). He fed 5,000 with a loaf and a few fish, yet the disciples were blinded by their current circumstances, forgetting who was with them.
So, maybe that's you. Maybe life is hard right now. Things aren't going according to plan. Know this. Jesus is with you. He is listening. He is waiting for you to shout out above the crowd in faith. My three year old son, Aaron, picked a saying up from kidsBridge that goes, “Nothing is too hard for God!” So wherever you are, whatever you're facing, have faith for He is with you and He still performs miracles. Praise God!