Devotional Thought of the Day:
†14 I am the LORD your God, and I command you not to make fun of the deaf or to cause a blind person to stumble. Leviticus 19:14 CEV
17 Don’t hold grudges. On the other hand, it’s wrong not to correct someone who needs correcting. 18 Stop being angry and don’t try to take revenge. I am the LORD, and I command you to love others as much as you love yourself. Leviticus 19:17-18 CEV
So they ran all over that part of the country to bring their sick people to him on mats. They brought them each time they heard where he was. 56 In every village or farm or marketplace where Jesus went, the people brought their sick to him. They begged him to let them just touch his clothes, and everyone who did was healed. Mark 6:55-56 CEV
I wondered this morning as I read the first passage whether the deaf and blind were only physically blind, or if it included those we consider spiritually blind as well.
It doesn’t matter if we a progressive or conservative, contemporary or traditional, right or left, or somewhere on a different spectrum. We all believe there are people that are so out of touch with reality. that they can’t see or hear, because otherwise, how could they be that stupid?
Or perhaps they are the people we resent, with cause perhaps. People we are angry with, people we want ot hurt just as much (if not more) than they hurt us. We will take ourselves out of their lives, stating they are the toxic ones, they are the ones that shattered the relationship that was once valued, even treasured.
What would life be like if we, like those who dragged their ailing friends, neighbors, brought these people, the spiritually deaf and blind or those who have hurt us and those we love, before the throne of God?
What would happen if we prayed for them, even wept over the brokenness we think we perceive?
Would God be any less willing to listen, to interact, to bring sight to their eyes (or ours) and enable their ears to hear? Would He bring them to repentance, and forgive their sins?
Or maybe, answering our prayers, would He change us…
Something to think through and pray about this new year, as we look forward to seeing how God is God, our Almighty God, our Wonderful Counselor, our Everlasting Father, our Prince of Peace.
Godspeed to you and yours… and this time next year, may you see the healing God has long desired in your life! AMEN!