Saints Cyril, Monk, and Methodius, Bishop
1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19; Psalm 81:10-15;Mark 7:31-37
People brought to him a deaf man. (Mark 7:32)
“Come here; you’ve got to see this!” You’ve probably had someone say this and tug you along to witness something amazing. Or a friend calls you to tell you that something you need is on sale at the store. “Quick! Get over there while you can still get it!” So it seems to have been with these people in the Decapolis, hurrying the deaf man up to Jesus. “Quick, he’s here now. Let’s get him to heal you!” Being deaf, the man hadn’t heard anything about Jesus. Being impeded in speech, he hadn’t said anything about wanting to go to Jesus for healing. He just stood there as his friends begged Jesus to heal him.
Still, for all his impediments, this man didn’t resist Jesus. He went along with him away from the crowd. He was open to finding out what would happen. The results—complete restoration of his hearing and speech—tell us that the man’s limited understanding of the whole situation didn’t keep Jesus from working a miracle. Healing doesn’t depend absolutely on whether we think we can be healed or not. It’s not a matter, or a sign, of our faith. We can be disposed to receive healing, or we can be unsure; we can be full of faith, or we can have our doubts. It doesn’t all depend on us.
Know this: whether you’re eager or baffled, believing or skeptical, Jesus can heal. He can work wonders, even in the face of the things we consider obstacles. Sometimes, as in the case of this deaf man, he does things that cause exceeding astonishment. Sometimes we ask and feel let down because we aren’t healed exactly as we imagined. But God is sovereign, and we are children whom he loves. Jesus said that we are to ask, and it will be given to us.
So ask! Imitate this deaf man. Be present to Jesus. Be open to what happens—because if you ask, something will happen. Be open, and keep looking for the gift God has for you, especially if you haven’t seen precisely what you are expecting. God is good; he does all things well. He is faithful; he hears you when you call on him. He loves you, and he loves to give you good gifts.
“Jesus, I open my heart to you today. Take me off by myself with you, and heal me.”~WAU