Bible in a Year (pt.7)

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Matthew 20:29-34 says;  29 As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. 30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 31 “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them. But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” 34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.

I love this story because it spells out a crisis of faith. These men could have been lost in their blindness, but instead they cried out in faith. They could have been hushed by the crowd demanding them to be silent, but instead they shouted out in faith. Their faith stood out to Jesus, so much so that He stopped and healed their blindness.

This is a challenge for us as Christ followers. It’s easy to have faith when things are going well. It’s easy to trust God in times of plenty. But what happens when there’s a crisis? What happens in those times when God feels distant? What happens when the world is shouting, demanding our silence? What happens when our faith is challenged? Do we continue to cry out…or does our faith go silent?

For me, when I look back over my life, I can see God’s hand guiding all of it. It wasn’t always pleasant or easy, in fact there have been a ton of challenges on this road…but it’s when I look back that I can see God’s neverending faithfulness to me. With that in mind, how can I not stand in faithfulness to Him?

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