With youtube, reality TV and highly pixilated photos of celebrities in gossip magazines, we are certainly a ‘see it to believe it’ generation.
Reference: v.30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (NIV Bible)
Explore: ‘You’ve got to see it to believe it.’ When retelling an amazing experience often people will say ‘you’ve got to see it to believe it’. When an experience is beyond expectation and hard to explain, it is often easier just to show someone. We don’t want to look the fool and that we have made something bigger than what it really was, so we tell other people that they need to see it too.
However these blind men didn’t care about looking the fool. They had not been able to see Jesus’ miracles, they had not seen his loving touch on others, and they had not seen him turn his loving face towards them. And yet when they heard that Jesus was passing by they sat by the roadside and shouted to Jesus, ‘Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!’ They were not perturbed by the large crowds. They were not quelled by the people’s rebuking. They had faith that Jesus was as powerful as they had heard, and believed without seeing first.
Application: With youtube, reality TV and highly pixilated photos of celebrities in gossip magazines, we are certainly a ‘see it to believe it’ generation. If we can’t experience something for ourselves we like to see proof of it actually happening. We often apply this to our faith as well. We would like for God to ‘turn up’ when we need something, to be obvious when we need direction and to show His hand so we don’t look the fool. It’s almost like we want God to do our bidding for us, but then who is acting the god then? Faith is believing without seeing. These blind men had faith without seeing and didn’t care what other people thought about their shouting. How blind is your faith?
Prayer: Lord, you have done so much for us and yet we still want more proof that you are real and there for us. May we notice your powerful presence as we go throughout this day. Amen.
What helps you get through those times when you can’t seem to see God?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.