Hi, and welcome to Armored with Faith! Thank you for joining us today. How are you doing? I hope all is well with you and your family.
In today’s reading reflection, we will be looking at Matthew 9:27-31. It reads:
“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith, let it be done to you,”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.“
I find joy in sharing the goodness of Jesus. I don’t know about you, but when Jesus answers prayers for me, I share those answered prayers with whoever will listen. In the same way, you and I enjoy expressing Jesus’ goodness, the two men, who were blind before meeting Jesus, went on and disobeyed Jesus’ instructions of not informing people of what He’d done (healed them of their blindness).
For a long time, I would read the scripture above and would ask, “Why wouldn’t Jesus want these men to tell others of the wonderful miracle that He’d done? Doesn’t Jesus want others to know of the great things that He has been doing and can do?”
I went to my Bible Commentary (I recommend every single one of you have a Bible Commentary!). I discovered the reason why Jesus instructed them not to tell anyone of the miracle He had performed. According to The Bible Knowledge Commentary, “While Jesus did heal many from their physical diseases, His miracles were to authenticate His claims. Jesus came primarily for spiritual healing, not physical healing.”
Did you catch that? Jesus was and still is, more concerned about healing our spiritual health.
If you could quickly turn with me to Matthew 9:1-8. In this passage of scripture, we read about Jesus healing a paralyzed man. This paralyzed man was brought in on a mat by some men. When Jesus saw the faith in these men, he told the paralyzed man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven (v.2).” When some teachers of the law heard what Jesus said, they accused Him of blaspheme (to speak evil of). Jesus responded by asking, “Which is easier: to say, ‘your sins are forgiven or, ‘get up and walk?”
Jesus chose to forgive the paralyzed man of his sins before blessing him with the ability to walk again. He did so to demonstrate His power in forgiving sins and healing physical impairments.
Although Jesus was healing the sick, removing blindness, and casting out demons, His primary purpose was, and is still, to help us grow in our spiritual life.
Re-read Matthew 9:27-31. After reading, jot down your thoughts on the passage. Ask yourself:
- Why did you think Jesus told the men not to tell anyone of the miracle He performed?
- When was the last time you shared with someone something that Jesus has done for you? What was it? Who did you tell? How did they react?
As believers, we need to know who Jesus is and what He was sent here to do. While He can heal our physical ailments, His primary goal is to help us grow in our spiritual life with Him. In both pieces of scripture above, it was evident that the faith of those men, combined with Jesus’ power, healed them. We must learn to have faith as we go through life. Yes, some circumstances are easier to have faith in than most, but I encourage you today to have faith and continue to press forward!
Can I be transparent with you? Having faith, especially when it’s a situation out of your control, is challenging. I’m currently in a season of many changes, and I need to put my work and faith into action. So far, this year has caused me a great deal of anxiety. With my current position of being a stay-at-home mom about to end, I’m incredibly anxious about what’s next. Worries like:
- Am I going to be able to land a job in the career field that I want?
- Are we going to be able to find affordable, safe childcare for our children?
- What is the end of this year and years to come going to look like for us?
My list of worries can go on and on, but I’m going to spare you.
So, those of you who read this article said, “It’s hard having faith when you don’t know what’s going to happen next.” Trust me, I’m there with you. The verse, my foundational verse that is continuously helping me whenever anxiety strikes me, is Deuteronomy 31:6.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them; for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.”Deuteronomy 31:6
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” As you are going about your day, utilize your faith. Ask Jesus to guide you. Stepping out on faith can be scary, but trust that the Lord is with you through it all.