Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law. Psalm 119:18
As Jesus was leaving Jericho, two blind men who were sitting along the roadway called out to Him, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” (Matthew 20:30). More than likely, Jesus had spotted the men on his way into the city. Perhaps they had even cried out to Him then but He waited to see if their desire to be healed waned. It did not.
In fact, the crowd that was with Jesus tried to silence the men, but their efforts didn’t work. As the Lord drew nearer, the men only grew louder in their request to be healed. Stopping beside them, Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (verse 32).
They could have asked for anything—wealth, riches, fame, or fortune. Instead, they asked for sight. “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened” (verse 33). The text says that Jesus was moved with compassion and granted their request. He touched their eyes, and they regained what was once lost.
Perhaps you have a very great need in your life, and you have cried out to the Lord to be healed or rescued from some ruin. Maybe your son or daughter is living outside of God’s will and you remember how he or she once sat beside you in church. Don’t give up. God is listening. He hears your prayers. You may not understand all there is to this life, but God will open your eyes of faith when you pray.
Because of His great care for you, you can pray, “Open my eyes, Lord, so I can see Your will and purpose for my life. Even though sorrow and thoughts of impossibilities tug at my heart, You give me the ability to believe and live life to the fullest.”
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Do not fear, O land, rejoice and be glad, for the Lord has done great things. Joel 2:21
How do you know when God is ready to move you out from between a rock and a hard place? You know because He invades your ordinary with something extraordinary. He comes to your normal with something abnormal. He creates a scenario that doesn’t make sense.
When God creates a scenario that doesn’t make sense, it’s not supposed to make sense. Don’t be surprised or confused if God shows up in a way you can’t explain. You can’t explain it because God is showing up in it. The Bible is replete with examples of God moving people out from between a rock and a hard place by showing up in ways that human understanding couldn’t explain.
My best advice to you is that if you are in a wilderness, if you’re between a rock and a hard place and can’t find a good way out, if your situation seems as if it will never end, look for God to show up in a way that you can’t explain. His ways are not your ways. His thoughts are not your thoughts. God is not like you or me. If God were living in the era of Soul Music, his favorite song would be, “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time?” Didn’t I show up in a way that you couldn’t explain?
Our God is an AWESOME GOD
In His Name
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Every three months I go to the doctor’s office for an exam. I sit in his office and he asks me, “John, how are you feeling?”
I answer, “I’m feeling fine.”
My heart might feel fine to me, but at the same time, it might not be fine. The doctor can determine the strength of my heart only when he measures it under stress. So he creates a stressful situation by having me walk for a long time. He tests my heart to find out whether the way I feel corresponds with how I really am. I could have good feelings yet still have a bad heart.
Living the Christian life is no different. We can go to church every week, sing worship songs, memorize Bible verses, serve on a variety of committees, and assume that our hearts, faith, and souls are strong. We can even express our devotion: “I love you God. God, you are so good. I’ll follow you, God. I’ll do whatever you say.” But God doesn’t want to just take your word for it.
He tests you and me because He wants what is best for us. He tests us because He is getting ready to do something amazing in our lives. He tests us by putting us in stressful scenarios… experiences we often call trials. In a trial, God reveals how strong our faith really is.
Be Blessed and a Blessing
In His Name