Topic: Imperfect Vision [Wednesday April 11, 2018]
Text: Mark 8:22-26 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking” (Mark 8:24).
In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent surgery and was given the right of sight. But as he and Dr. Sacks found out, having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing. Virgil’s first experiences with sight were confusing. He was able to make out colours and movements. But arranging them into a coherent picture was more difficult. Over time, he learned to identify various objects, but his habits were still those of a blind man. Dr. Sacks assert, “one must die as a blind person to be born again as a seeing person…”
To truly see Jesus means a change of identity. Jesus came to the city of Bethsaida and immediately, they brought a blind man to Him. He took this man out of the town to perform a miracle of restoration on his blind eyes. After the first touch, the man could see but imperfectly – a clear indication that he needed a second touch. Jesus touched his eyes again and then came the full restoration of sight that the man and his neighbours desired.
The story shows us that sight does not always come instantly. In truth, God reveals Himself progressively. This miracle reveals the way God opens the eyes of the spiritually blind as He patiently works on them step by step, to bring them to the place of full comprehension after an era of profound blindness.
This is a good word for all of us who are praying for our loved ones who are away from the Lord. Don’t give up on them.
Thought For The Day: It sometimes needs Christ’s second touch to see clearly.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.