Daily Archives: July 5, 2021
Isaiah 12 (ESV)
The Lord Is My Strength and My Song
12 You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O Lord,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
2 “Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the Lord God is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted.
5 “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”
Matthew 15:30-31 (ESV)
30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.
There is no doubt about the fact that when it comes to Jesus, he always invokes a response of one type or another. That is an absolute undeniable fact. Now, that is not to say that it is always the right response or a response for the right reasons (and yes there is a very big difference between the two).
Consider this story from Matthew’s Gospel. The reputation of Jesus had undoubtedly grown. He had a message that was fresh and unlike the dead religious words of the Pharisees and religious leaders of his day. Jesus had a way of encountering people that made them look into the very depths of their own being. Jesus had a compassion that was unlike any other. And Jesus could restore people back to a wholeness that they had long forgotten. The broken, the disenfranchised, the marginalized, outcasts and forgotten, found something in Jesus that they had been longing for. Restoration.
Thus, wherever Jesus went, the crowds were undoubtedly going to follow him. They were hungry. They were thirsty. They were hoping. When Jesus went up on a mountainside on this particular day, they people knew Jesus could do something about their plight. So they brought the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others. Hoping against hope, they trusted in everything that had seen and heard from this carpenter from Nazareth, to take a chance that things could change.
And change they did.
In fact, in Matthew’s own words, he writes, “…and he healed them.” Think about this. Some may have been born with the infirmities they had. Some may have been injured in some way. No matter what the cause of the malady, when Jesus was done, their lives were radically changed.
And theirs wasn’t the only ones. The people watching the scene unfold stood completely amazed. Yes, they too, had dared to hope. But as healing after healing took place, they stood astounded. In fact, Matthew records it this way, “The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.”
Fast forward into our day and age. I wonder what would happen if we would open our eyes to see? Put another way, do we have eyes that see the miracles that God performs in our midst continually? I have heard people comment, “God just doesn’t do miracles like he did in the Bible anymore.” Really? I have to disagree. I believe God does miracles before our eyes constantly, we just don’t see.
Perhaps we need to ask God to give us eyes to see the miracles he places before us, again. And miracles aren’t just in the grand things, there are the small miracles. The kiss of a grandchild on a cheek. The hatchlings in the nests outside my window (yes, in my spider plant). The blooming of the trees and flowers in grand array. Oh, so many.
May God remove all of the distractions from our view that we may see the miracles that are before us each and every day, that we too, may praise the God of all things, with a sincere and genuine heart.