Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Open Eyes and Ears
[7.31-35] Then he left the region of Tyre, went through Sidon back to Galilee Lake and over to the district of the Ten Towns. Some people brought a man who could neither hear nor speak and asked Jesus to lay a healing hand on him.
Lord Jesus--I wonder who these people were who brought this needy man to you. They were powerless to help him themselves except in this small way. They could bring him to the person that could meet his need. Yet this simple act changed his life.
So often I think of evangelism in such static ways. As if there are rules to telling people about you. Really, what you want me to do is to bring needy people to the place where they can expect help. Teach me the simple thing that this needy man's friends instinctively knew. Forgive me for making telling someone about you a difficult stilted event...it should be as natural as breathing, or talking about a well loved friend.
He took the man off by himself, put his fingers in the man’s ears and some spit on the man’s tongue. Then Jesus looked up in prayer, groaned mightily, and commanded, “Ephphatha!—Open up!” And it happened. The man’s hearing was clear and his speech plain—just like that
Lord Jesus--This man had lived in the quiet dark all his life. The miracle was more than just helping him hear and speak. You restored what had never been experienced. You gave to this man an understanding of speech and sight that he never had before. You helped him see and understand what he was seeing.
How often do I see what is right before my eyes and yet miss the point entirely? I like to think of myself as a bright person but I can be so thick. I trip over what you put in front of my feet...all the while looking for your will. Restore and reorder my sight and hearing. Don't let me miss your will on the way to doing your will.
Lord Jesus-In the day that awaits me in a few hours, open my eyes and ears. Help me to experience life with eyes wide open and ears that are listening for your call.
[7.36-37] Jesus urged them to keep it quiet, but they talked it up all the more, beside themselves with excitement. “He’s done it all and done it well. He gives hearing to the deaf, speech to the speechless.”
Peterson, Eugene H. (2006-06-15). The Message Remix 2.0: The Bible In contemporary Language (Kindle Locations 30784-30790). NAVPress - A. Kindle Edition.