The blessing of trusting God
But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!” John 9:5-9
Probably you have heard people say, “To see is to believe.” People argue that they have to see first before they believe. But the Bible’s teaching is essentially saying that believing is seeing. For God, it is to trust and believe Him based on His promises. From our text, Jesus healed a man from his blindness. The healing is not just to provide him his physical sight but for him to see far beyond his physical need. The Lord Jesus Christ said that He came to be the light of the world. Then after this declaration, He healed the blind man not only so he could regain his sight but also for him and others witnessing the miracle realize that Christ provides spiritual illumination. Now his spiritual eyes were opened as well. He gained an understanding of who God was and provided him a reason to follow Christ. “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus” (John 9:38). Here was a man who had never known what light was and his encounter with Jesus made him decide to turn to Him, and to have a purpose in life. Though the process of healing was very unusual yet, the man obeyed without any hesitation. He was willing to take God in His word. We are given an example of what happens when we obey God without any reservation. He will open our eyes of understanding so we will know how to live our lives trusting Him no matter what. Those who placed their life and confidence in Him believe that God’s Word can be trusted. Yet, it is unfortunate that there will still be those who would prefer to remain in darkness for they are not willing to trust God and His word. “Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?” “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see” (John 9:40-41). Always remember that if God tells you to do something and you claim you have faith in Him, then you must obey. Obeying and trusting God are the means to experience God’s working in life. If God says it, trust Him, obey Him and it will result to great blessings. “Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me” (John 20:29).
Noel De Guzman