THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A Sunday School teacher was explaining about the angels going into
Sodom and Gomorrah to rescue Lot & his family.
Then she read from the Bible, "And the angel said, 'Take your wife and daughters and flee.'
But Lot's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt."
One little boy raised his hand with a question.
He asked, "What happened to the flea?"
22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him,
and besought Him to touch him.
23 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.
24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up:
and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.
John Greenleaf Whittier once said, "The steps of faith fall on the seeming void,
but find the Rock beneath."
Faith believes the incredible, receives the impossible, and sees the invisible.
Faith needs illumination from God.
Faith needs cultivation and encouragement so that it may grow.
Faith ends in sight.
People must be led to Jesus for illumination.
Notice the phrase in the above Scripture, "they bring....& besought Him..." (Vs 22)
They brought the man to Jesus and asked Jesus to give him sight.
Faith comes from Christ and one cannot receive it unless and until one comes to Christ.
Jesus began the work, and the man could see dimly (vs 24).
Faith comes in degrees.
That's what Jesus was demonstrating with this man.
Faith is like a living plant inside when God gives it to us.
We must be constantly cultivating the plant with studying and praying.
God gives light for the plant to grow through our personal relationship with Him.
The reward of faith is sight.
Jesus Himself completed that work (vs 25).
First, we receive sight sufficient to see life more clearly and our purpose in life.
We are to begin telling others in our own home and neighborhood.
As faith grows inside us, then we can proceed to tell others.
Then, faith turns to sight as we see others coming to know Jesus.
Paul said, "For now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face:
now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known." (1Cor. 13:12)
The ultimate reward of faith is to see Christ in glory and remain with Him forever.
It is then that our faith will turn to full sight!