Daily Feast – December 29

Obeying your way to Victory

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth...When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” -John 9:1,6-7

In John 9:1-7, Jesus encountered a man who was born blind. His disciples tried to find fault or the reason to justify the blindness of the man. Today, many discard things they do not fully understand. Funny enough they often hide their ignorance in religion sanctimony, but Jesus drew close to the man and ministered to him. He spat on the ground, mixed some clay with his saliva, and anointed the eyes of the man. He thereafter instructed him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. It looks messy but if there is no mess there is no message. The end justifies the means

It is remarkable that Jesus’ disciples attributed the plight of this man to sin. Though Jesus clearly stated it that it was neither this man’s nor his parent’s sin that was the cause of his blindness, we know that it is the sin of Adam that brought sickness, disease and death in the first instance. This is why you must run away from sin. Sin is poisonous. Operating the law of transmission by contact; Jesus anointed the eyes of the blind man. The anointing must have passed into his eyes. Even at that, the man was not whole until he took the step of faith by finding his way to the pool of Siloam and was washed in it. Even though the healing ministration by our Lord to this man was under the prophetic influence of a healing anointing plus word of wisdom, the healing did not manifest until he obeyed. It might not be easy for this man to find his way to the pool as a blind man but he needed to confront his obstacles and find his way there if he wanted healing.

God sometimes attached healing as well as blessings to some specific instructions. Whenever He does this, as He did in the case of this blind man and Naaman, he is proving that his faith would be of benefit to his healing process. If Naaman had not obeyed the instructions from the Prophet and counsel of his servant that he should dip himself in river Jordan seven times, he would have lost his healing. It would not have changed the sovereignty of God. It takes humility borne out of faith to exercise obedience.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to obey whatever you decide in your sovereignty to give me specific instructions in Jesus Name.

Further Reading: II Kings 5:10-14
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Zechariah 14:1-21; Revelation 20:1-15; Psalm 148:1-14; Proverbs 31:8-9


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