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Day Fifteen

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who

sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his

parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be

displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night

is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on

the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”. So the man went and

washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him

begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that

he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they

asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He

told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

John 9:1-11

I like the quote I found from Warren Wiersbe: “The people who jest about faith don’t

realize how big a part it plays in everyday affairs. It takes faith to get married because

marriage vows are basically promises. It takes faith to send children off to school. It

takes faith to get a prescription filled. It takes faith to eat in a restaurant, deposit money

in a bank, sign a contract, drive on the highway, or get on an airplane or an elevator.

Faith isn’t some kind of religious experience for the elite; it’s the glue that helps hold

people’s lives together. But remember, faith is only as good as its object. If we trust

people, we get what people can do; if we trust money, we get what money can do; if we

trust ourselves, we get what we can do; if we trust God, we get what God can do.”

Faith. It’s the premier condition to receive salvation! Heb. 11 says without faith we can’t

please God! Want to please God? I need faith. You need faith!

There aren’t many places for a blind person to make a living where he was living, so he

basically hung out at the temple gate and begged with the others. But he was more than

just blind in his eyes. He was spiritually blind too – him, and most of the rest of the

Jewish leaders. The day he was healed wasn’t too unusual. No doubt, there were many

people who acted like he couldn’t hear or feel either. It wouldn’t have been too unusual

for them to pass by and pontificate about his condition. Like the disciples, there were

people who seemed to care more about why he was blind than how he felt. Jesus cared

about his blindness, the shame of having to beg for food, and most importantly restoring

his sight. He puts some mud on the blind man’s eyes and tells him to wash the mud in

the pool of Siloam. The blind man follows Jesus’ instructions and sees his home for the

first time. He sees his family for the first time. He sees Jesus for the first time. Faith in

Jesus helps us to see the impossible for the first time.

Pray for faith. Pray for faith to see God do the impossible in your life. Pray for sight to

see for those who need Jesus. Pray for eyes to see the blind, lame, and broken in our world.