One of the things that I love about God’s word the most is that it is so timeless. Perhaps the reason is, that even though the world changes around us constantly, human nature tends to remain much the same. This evening, I would like to show you what I mean, as we look at a story in God’s word.
Can you imagine what it must be like to be blind? This man was born that way.
How do you begin to describe to a blind man, the simple things we take for granted?
How do you begin to describe the colors of autumn leaves? How do you describe the yellow buttercups or the white dogwood blossoms or redbuds in the spring? How do you begin to paint a baby blue sky with white fluffy ...view middle of the document...
I want us to notice something here that I believe is real important for our consideration this evening?
Have you noticed that no one seems to share in the joy of this young man who has just received his sight? At the very least, they could have realized that this is one less beggar on the street that they don’t have trip over while walking down the street, or try to support, but no, they can’t seem to see past themselves. The worst part of it all, is the fact that the very Messiah that they had been waiting on for all these years, was there among them, and they are unable to see Him. It kind of makes you wonder, who was really blind?
I tell you the truth this evening, that though this story was recorded almost 2000 years ago, within it, lies some truths that I believe we would do well to consider even today.
Sometimes, I wonder if we ourselves are unable to see the Lord and come to know Him like we could and should, for many of the same reasons that we can identify in our text. This evening, I would like for us to consider three of them.
1. Perhaps, we aren’t really able to come to know the Lord, because, like many in our text, our faith is shallow, and unable to see that the Lord is right here, able to provide us with everything that pertains to life and Godliness, and not only able, but willing.
The young man in this text, obviously had to have enough faith to get up and go to the pool of Siloam. Even in his blindness, he could see that his faith was required of him.
There is not a single one of us who does not have our share of struggles. Job 14:1 says “Man, that is born of woman, is of few days, and full of struggles”. But you see, it doesn’t end there. The Lord has promised us over and over that he will take care of us. Do you remember what he told Moses in Deut. 31:6? He said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. Do you remember what he told Joshua in Joshua 1:5, “As I was with Moses, so I shall be with you. I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” Do you recall what he tells us in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”
Now, the way I figure it, either the Lord meant what he said, or he didn’t, but just like the blind man, we must have the faith to believe that the Lord will deliver on his promises. To do that, we must open my eyes, and look beyond ourselves.
So often, it is so easy to get caught up in the everyday worries. The job we have may stress us out. The bills just get higher and higher. More often than not, those two alone, keep us from giving the time and attention to our families the way that we would like to and know that we should. But you see, when we really come to know the Lord by increasing our faith, our perspective has a way of changing things, and Lord will take care of those things.
Do you remember what Jesus said in Matt. 6:25-34 (read)
Listen to the words of David, in Psalms 37:25 “I was young and now I am old, yet I have...