I am writing this post from an idea I got after reading a devotional with my husband the other morning.
I’ve been giving out these little jars to people for the last couple of years. As you can see, there is a tiny seed inside. It is a real mustard seed. Sometimes my faith feels like it’s as small as this seed. How I want it to be as big as a tree by now!
If this little seed is planted in soil, watered, and allowed to be exposed to the life giving sun, it will begin to grow and grow until it becomes a large tree. Then the birds would be able to come in and raise families on it. Lol. It’s true! This is exactly what God does with us as we open our hearts to actually BELIEVE what He says in His Word. This is our part, in the miracle.
On several occasions, when Jesus healed people, they needed to “do” something (act on faith). When the blind man was healed, he was told to do something. Why didn’t Jesus just heal him. Why didn’t He just speak the words to him to be healed? He certainly could have, but he told the man to do something. He wanted him to be part of the miracle. Read the story below and take a moment to really think about why Jesus did this.
“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?”
John 9:1-12 ESV
He told him to “go wash”. As he obeyed, he was healed.
There’s just no way around it. If we want healing in our lives, we have to obey Him first. Not the other way around. Many of us say, maybe not out loud, but in our hearts, “When I see it, I’ll believe and then I’ll obey.”
Well, I’m learning that it’s only when I obey, submit, and quickly run to Him when the storms roll in that I have real peace and my faith begins to grow. There’s no other way around it. There’s no other place in all existence where you can find assurance and increased faith outside of Jesus!
“My Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”John 14:27 ESV
Here’s the TRUTH….“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
We must believe, wait, and watch it grow! Have a wonderful week🪴