With their sharply tuned hearing, they could sense the electricity of the moment. They heard the sudden crescendo of shouting and praises after a woman had touched a teacher’s robe and found healing from a loathsome disease. The sound of weeping faded into singing as this man raised a ruler’s dead daughter to life. They could not see the Miracle Man’s face, for they were blind. Yet they could see what natural human eyes could not. In the Miracle Man’s actions toward others who suffered, they saw compassion, kindness, and grace. Surely such a man could restore their sight. All they had to do was ask and believe. When they acted in faith, they saw more than a miracle. They saw God Himself.
The blind beggars were able to get off to the right S.T.A.R.T. because they acted in faith. (The “A” in S.T.A.R.T. is an acronym for the phrase, “Act in faith.”) Life had not been fair to them, but they did not come to Jesus to complain about their plight. They came to Him because they believed He was able to do something about their situation — and He did. As we attempt to move forward from failure, disappointment, or loss, faith in God is the key which will unlock the door to our sight — higher levels of spiritual maturity, a closer walk with the Lord, and ultimately, victory.
Everyone wants to get off to the right S.T.A.R.T. in life, but many people are held back by their fears: They fear what others will think. They fear that they will lose their friends’ respect for them. They fear that God will not really be able to help them. They fear facing the same heartbreak which brought them to their knees in the first place. If any of these fears are keeping you from entrusting the matters of your heart to God, then do not hesitate to bring them before Him today. Let Him know exactly how you feel. Tell Him what is keeping you from seeing with eyes of faith. Believe it or not, this small step is in itself an act of faith which will help you get off to the right S.T.A.R.T.
- Act in faith
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.