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Look To The Lord
4/29/2014

But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the LORD your God and obey His voice… Deuteronomy 4:29-30 (NKJV)

Have you ever painted something only to still be able to see the old color through the new paint?  Perhaps it was the walls in your house, or maybe a door; either way it needed a second coat of paint.  One coat began to make the difference, but you knew it would require a second touch of your paintbrush.  I have seen many people stop short, not wanting to put forth the effort or resources to finish the job.  And as a result, they never really accomplish or possess what they could have had.  I think this happens to us in our Christian walk as well.

There is a story in the book of Mark where Jesus has a blind man brought to Him in the town of Bethsaida.  The people who had brought the man begged Jesus to heal him.  So Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town.  And when He had spit upon his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.  And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”  Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up.  And he was restored and saw everyone clearly (Mark 8:22-25 (NKJV).

This particular healing by Jesus upon a blind man seemed to take a second touch of God’s hands of mercy to completely heal him of blindness. 

Q:         Was this because Jesus was not capable of healing him in one touch? 

Absolutely not!  God can heal completely and instantly.  I believe God was showing us a valuable lesson here.  I think when the man was initially receiving his sight; it was proof of God’s presence, and it was just the beginning of transformation within his life.  The man continued to attempt in his own power to see clearly, but was unable to.  It was at this point where Jesus gave him a second anointing of His touch, and in doing so He gave us all the answer to being able to see things clearly, and be healed spiritually—Jesus made the man “look up.”

 “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth!  For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22 (NKJV)

When the man looked up towards the heavens—to God—he could now see things very clear.  I believe it is the same way for us in our Christian walk, as we too can struggle to see things clearly, no matter how hard we try.  As Christians, we have been touched by God’s hands, but we must look up to Him each day, and in each situation, if we are to see things in the way He wants us to.  

Perhaps you have accepted Christ and have been touched once by God, only to continue to choose to be in bondage to sin.  Perhaps you are trying to see a way out of this lifestyle on your own, and you have found you cannot see the way clearly. I want to encourage you to look up to God.  Let Him touch your eyes, mind, and heart.  Let Him restore your sight, so you will see the path He has provided for you to walk with Him in obedience.  Ask God for a second touch today. 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-6, how can we know which path to take in every situation?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you acknowledging the Lord in every decision, or are you trying to choose your path based on your limited sight?  

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s not rely upon our limited visibility.  Let’s choose to look up to God and ask for His will, and for Him to lead us on the true path of righteousness. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for leading us in all truth.  Thank You for gently tilting our head upward to see the truth in You.  Thank You for saving us.  Lead us Lord in the path of righteousness and truth.  Give us the clear vision through Your Word and help us to see things the way You want us to.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 


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