Obedience is better than your answer.

In 1886 at a revival meeting held by D L Moody, the worship leader wrote down a sentence from a man who gave a testimony of Jesus changing his life. He sent it to a friend and minister, J.H. Sammis. The sentence was this, “I am not quite sure—but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.” Sammis then wrote the famous hymn:

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way; To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

(Ira D. Sankey, in his biography, My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns)

“As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.” (Matthew 9 v 27-31)

Despite their disability they followed.

Despite not being able to see they identified him. It is the first time that Jesus is called by the title Matthew used of Him in 1:1, ‘Son of David”. They would know of Isaiah’s Messianic prophecy that: “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.” (29:18); “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.” (35:5); “I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” (42:6-7) They knew this was that day.

Despite their blindness they pursued him. They did not give up even when Jesus went into the house where he was staying.

Despite never seeing a miracle they had faith that Jesus can do what no one has ever seen. In the Old Testament there was only the promise of healing of blindness, there is no record of anyone actually being healed. They trust in His ability to do it.

Despite being looked down on by the social stigma of their condition, they knew Jesus was really the master, the power and the controller of their life. “Kyrios, Lord”

And finally and sadly …

Despite their healing they were not obedient to Jesus. He can change your life but obedience is what you do or don’t do. Jesus was trying to protect His mission from the crowds who were increasingly getting it wrong in wanting Him to be the king that saves them not from sin but from the Romans and even their own religious oppressive leadership. Ironically now, post-resurrection the obedience request is for us to all go and tell.

It seems to me that having a problem in your life, whether that be blindness or some other problem can actually make you someone to be admired. They followed, they identified, they pursued Him, they had faith in Him and they called Him ‘Lord’.

It is when we get healed or some other answer to prayer when it can go wrong for us.

Obedience is better than your answer.

No matter what is going on make sure you are saying today, “I am not quite sure—but I am going to trust, and I am going to obey.”

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