Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Mark 8: 25
Have you ever been in a situation that while you were in the middle of it, you just couldn’t seem to see things clearly or know what was the right decision to make? It almost felt like the fact surrounding the circumstances were murky and didn’t make sense or there was no solid evidence to look at to make the choice. Whether it was emotions getting in the way or maybe a disputers voice that was influencing your decisions, you just didn’t know what the right thing to do was.
Most life decisions are hard because we are most likely to make decision based on how we feel and who has touched or hurt our life. Lately, I have found myself in places where I am ready to make a decision but then find out something that tries to change my mind because of someone I love has hurt feelings or I have hurt feelings. I want to be loyal to my friend, but more importantly I don’t want to hinder something that God is working on. Then I have to decide, is this something I am being tempted with or is this a work God is including me in? I am recognizing now when my emotions are trying to pull me away from something God is doing, or I just don’t feel like doing it right now. Year ago, I put myself on alert to what I call the “I don’t feel like it or I don’t want to” spirit. It may not actually be a spirit, but it is a mind set that I only act when I am feeling it or have a desire.
The problem with this attitude is that there is no faith in it and no action for that matter. Many times God points me in a direction that can be scary or overwhelming. I don’t usually feel like taking that step or moving away from where I currently am to step out in faith. I mostly pray that if that is God leading me there than please put my desire there too instead of just saying, no, I don’t want to or feel like doing that.
Today’s reading is about a blind man, coming to Jesus for his sight. Jesus took him away from the city and away from the voices of the crowd and once again did unexpected things to the man. Afterward, the man can see, but everything was murky and unclear. Then Jesus touched him again and his sight was fully restored. Jesus told him to go away from the people and don’t tell anyone.
I know it is a stretch to compare the man’s healing from blindness process to our decision-making ways, but the answer to the problem is the same. Keep the matter before Jesus until the answer and direction is clear. Don’t move on a murky and emotional foundation. Wait until He makes things plain and clear for you to respond to. If you follow His lead even when it doesn’t line up with your feelings, your life decisions will line up with the plan of God every time.
Today I want to encourage you with whatever you are going through and whatever decision you are up against right now, to take them to Jesus. Ask Him to make thing plain and clear so that you are able to do the right thing and not make decisions based on emotions or circumstances. Begin to take faith steps each day and follow where He is leading. Don’t let the goodness of God pass you by because you don’t feel like or want to do what He has asked Instead follow and obey His direction closely so that you can experience all the wonderful plans He has for your days.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 8:22-26
22 Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.
23 So 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 on him, He asked him if he saw anything.
24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”
25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.
26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”