In Mark 8, from verse 22 to 25, we read, “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”
One of the questions that had been rustling my mind about this story has had to do with the fact that Jesus had to deal with this man’s issue twice. He did not question the man’s faith so it was definitely not a faith issue or so it seems. It was definitely not about a diminution or reduction in God’s ability to do it perfectly the first time because we have read of other mind blowing miracles that Jesus did without Him having to lay a hand.
What I perceive that Jesus wants every believer to learn here is that we must DECIDE PERSONALLY NOT TO SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS THAN THE BEST! This man didn’t cry out for Jesus. It was people that brought him to Jesus and it was people that prayed or begged Jesus to heal him. Jesus needed to know if the man really desired healing so he separated him from his crowd of well-wishers and touched him. The result was sight, but the sight was imperfect so Jesus sought his response and his answer implied that what he got was a miracle but it was not good enough so Jesus, convinced that he wanted the healing touched him again and he began to see correctly.
I know that we all have had to go through a lot this year and as believers, it’s easy for each of us to say ‘it is well’ or ‘we thank God’ and those are the right responses but I need us to hold unto God for more. This is because life can get better if we can believe and expect more from God. God himself says in Isaiah 43: 15- 19, “I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator and King. I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters, making a path right through the sea. I called forth the mighty army of Egypt with all its chariots and horses, to lie beneath the waves, dead, their lives snuffed out like candlewicks. But forget all that- it is nothing compared to what I’m going to do! For I’m going to do a brand new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it? I will make a road through the wilderness of the world for my people to go home, and create rivers for them in the desert! TLB”
Yes! God has been faithful this year but He is ready to give us even more. We have survived all that the enemy threw at us this year but we are more than survivors. We are even more than conquerors! Sure, God wants us to be thankful for His faithfulness in the past but He does not want us to celebrate the past out of proportion. He does not want us to let our past keep us away from the future. He wants us to see that if He could give us what we now have, He can also give us beyond what we can desire.
That is why we must, like that blind man, tell Jesus, ‘thank you for all you have done for me so far. Without your touch, your help, your grace, I wouldn’t have come this far but it’s not yet good enough. I see men but they are walking as if they were trees. I have served you this year but I want to know you more. You have supplied my needs this year but I want be more and to have more so I can truly be a blessing. My friends have been praying for me and supporting me. The Bishop, the pastors and brethren have all been looking out for me but it’s not just what they want for me… I need you for myself. I am putting my faith in you for my salvation, healing and deliverance. I am putting my faith in you for the release of something bigger and better.’
Beloved, you are about to experience another wave of God’s goodness. This year will not end on a sad note for you. You will not cross over with debts. You will not die out with the dying year. I see God crowning your year with goodness (Ps. 65: 11) and like Joseph you will have your Manasseh and you will see how God causes you to forget all your fruitless toils (Gen 41: 51). Like Peter, I see you taking up a catch in this December that will compensate for your nightlong, yearlong fruitless toil in Jesus name. God is touching you again and this time you are not getting the better, you are getting the best in Jesus name. Praise the Lord