“As Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed Him, shouting loudly, ‘Have pity and mercy on us, Son of David!’ When He reached the house and went in, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’ Then He touched their eyes, saying, ‘According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you;’ And their eyes were opened.” Matthew 9:27-30
This event is on the heels of Jesus healing the paralyzed man, healing the woman hemorrhaging, and raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Jesus was passing on from all that healing and then these 2 blind men asked for pity and mercy. Isn’t it interesting that Jesus kept on walking into a house rather than stopping right there. Whose house it is isn’t spelled out but other translations say it is Jesus’ house. What I also think is interesting is that these 2 men, who are blind, are able to follow Jesus. There were so many who could had physical sight but never followed Him.
Jesus knew what they wanted even though it’s not recorded for us – we only read they asked for mercy. It is Jesus’ response that speaks to me – “Do you believe I am able to do this?” It struck my heart afresh recently and I had to ask myself the same question. If you have suffered a long time with something, you get tired of asking. You’ve asked again and again only to either have nothing happen or you get worse. This can be sickness, but also loss, unanswered prayer about a need or desire, anything that seems to be impossible fits here. Jesus had just done 3 amazing healing miracles and yet He asked these 2 blind men if they thought He was “able” to make their request a reality.
I know my faith gets very weak when I’ve asked again and again for something. But this question made my faith rebound, even just a little. And yet faith is a gift – it’s nothing we can conjure up by our feelings. It comes directly from the Spirit living in us. It’s not any power in us. All the power is in Jesus. When we get to a place where we no longer rely on our own resources, I think perhaps that’s when we can “see” Jesus more clearly and then ask directly for just what we want and need. These blind men were outcasts of society, not adding to the local economy or productive in any way. In fact they were probably beggars. What did they have to lose by asking Jesus to grant them their sight? Are we so proud we cannot ask anymore? Do we still believe Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever? This question Jesus asked…He knew the answer but perhaps wanted them to say it out loud that they believed – even if only the size of the mustard seed. But often we rather believe in our own strength and our own methods to get what we want. Jesus, probably in front of others, wanted them to know He was indeed able!
So rely on His power, not your own. Really, we have no power in and of ourselves anyhow. Put all your trust in what He can do for you despite how long you’ve waited for the answer. And remember that even if your circumstances don’t change right away, they will because they are only temporary. God’s word, His truth, is what is everlasting. Believe the truth rather than your circumstances. That is what God calls faith. It’s a gift. Ephesians 2:8-9 are familiar words but still the truth: “For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]”
May that faith rise up in you and say, “Yes, I believe He is able to heal, provide, help, deliver and save me!” Ask the Lord to grow faith in your heart so that you believe the truth rather than your symptoms, circumstances or any earthly thing. Then just receive what He gives you – faith to believe He is more than able and willing to come to your aid!