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And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And 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 upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. Mark 8:22­–25

Reacting to God

There isn’t a person reading this devotion who wouldn’t have a reaction if someone came up to you and spit in your face. Honestly, if I had the option of someone spitting on my face or punching me in the face–I would choose the latter, despite the pain.

We equate the action of spitting with disrespect, and rightfully so. However, this scripture says,

“Jesus spit on his eyes.”

Living for God isn’t just about faithfulness. Part of living for God is being willing—willing to allow God to do what He needs to do to bring restoration in our life. He knows the reason for everything He does in your life and you can trust Him, even when you may not understand.

In Need of A Miracle

This story would have turned out differently if the man wasn’t blind, but when you’re blind you have a need. When you are blind you are desperate for God to heal you. When you are blind you have a situation that is outside of your control.

We need to be willing to allow God to do whatever He needs to do in our lives to bring restoration.

God shows up when you have a blinding situation in your life. Will you allow God to spit in your eye?

  • He shows up when you are seeking direction.
  • When your heart is broken, when you have no food in the fridge. He shows up when you get bad news from the doctor or when your spouse says they want a divorce.
  • When you can’t see the end from your beginning, He is there.
  • When you are blinded by the circumstance that is standing before you right now.

God wants you to trust Him to do what He needs to do in your life. Just like Jesus took this blind man by the hand and led him outside of the town, God wants to take you by the hand and lead you outside of your comfort zone–to places you have never been before.

God is asking you “Do you trust me?” “Do you trust the process?” “Do you trust me with this trial?”

God cares more about your future than you do.

It isn’t up to us to understand everything in our life; it’s up to us to trust Him in all things.

 

 

 

One of my favorite words is restore, and a few of my favorite scriptures are Galatians 6:1-2.

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ”

Verse 1 encourages us to restore people who have fallen down spiritually.

Verse 2 commands to bear ye one another’s burdens.

Restoring A Soul

The next time you find something negative about someone’s life, don’t pick up the phone and spread it around—that will not help anyone. Instead, I encourage you to pray for wisdom and ask God to give you the words to speak life into their dying faith.

Pray that God would trust you enough to restore a soul.

You have an amazing opportunity to minister to the brokenhearted. Ministering to someone’s spiritual needs is easier than you may think. An encouraging word goes a long way. Say something like,

  • “I just wanted to let you know that I love you and that I’m here for you.”
  • “Would you like to get together for coffee with me sometime this week?”
  • “I know you’re beating yourself up over this situation, but everyone messes up. I’ve messed up so many times, but this is how God has helped me…”
  • “This isn’t the end of your relationship with God. He’s a forgiving and merciful God.”
  • “Let’s pray that God strengthens you and encourages you. I love you.”

Consider Yourself

The next part of this scripture says, “Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” We need to consider ourselves in the same fallen situation because our human frailty can crumble under the pressures of this world. I am not exempt from falling into sin. This is why it is so vital to keep our flesh under subjection, because there are no limits that we could exceed.

We are only as strong as our weakest link.

We are the body of Christ, where one member lacks the other member supplies. When one member hurts, we all hurt. We need to RESTORE people. Think of the people who have helped you in your journey with God. Aren’t you thankful they extended a hand of restoration and not judgment?

Prayer: Lord, You have restored my relationship with You time after time, and I’m so grateful. Thank you for never giving up on me. I pray that You would help me be a voice of encouragement in other people’s lives. I don’t want to tear someone down with my words and actions. Rather, I desire to build people up with my prayers and words of encouragement.I pray that You would use me to help restore a soul. 

“The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” (Psalm 121:3-6 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)

In the midst of our most stressful days, God provides protection for us. A difficult employer, family demands, and weariness may threaten to drain our strength, but under the shelter of His hand we find a place of restoration.

Prayer: Whether day or night, I find rest in You. Thank You, Lord, for reminding me today of Your care for me.

Devotion by Julie Long