Receiving from the Lord is not complicated, but it does require something on your part.
John 9:7 – And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Take a moment and read our Text for Today two or three more times, read it slowly, read it aloud, hear what it says, see what it says, and determine to put into practice what it says. There is a blessing waiting on your response. No, I’m not talking about washing your natural face in any natural body of water, but we’ll come to that momentarily. In this single verse of Scripture, 26 words in the King James Translation, we see the secret, if indeed it is a secret, of receiving promised blessing from the Lord. There are three points; (1) the Word is spoken, (2) the Word is heard, & (3) the Word is obeyed. It is that simple, and God’s Word is at the center of all three points. NOTE . . .
(1) That which is necessary to be heard from God’s Word is spoken. In this case, the blind man was told what to do and where. It may be, and in fact is likely, that what you need to do is already set forth in God’s Word, and you can likely do something about it from where you are at this very moment in time. In our Text for Today, the Word impacted the blind man (Jesus, the Word made flesh, rubbed mud in his eyes), told him WHAT to do (wash), and told him WHERE to wash (the pool of Siloam). What is God’s Word saying to you today?
(2) The blind man heard the Word. Are you listening for the voice of God in your spiritual ears to come to you as either a rhema or logos Word? They both work, but you must hear them accurately in order to obey accurately. Even though he was blind, I can only imagine the kind of irritation to sightless eyes when Jesus rubbed gritty mud on those eyes. Yet with all that potential distraction, he chose to listen intently to Jesus’ command. Once again, are you listening?
(3) Having heard, the blind man carried out precisely what Jesus commanded. Are you ready to obey Him, immediately, precisely, and fully, regardless of any and all potential distractions and interruptions? If you are, a blessing is waiting for you. In our Text for Today, that blessing was complete restoration of sight. I don’t know what you personally need, but the Lord does, and He is no respecter of persons. What He has done for one, He will do for you, IF YOU are willing and obedient.
But here in our Text for Today is the Lord’s blueprint for provision in your life. Don’t discount it as being too simple. God does not complicate matters. Romans 10:9-10 lays the foundation for the most complex issue known to man – being born again. Complications arise through unwillingness and disobedience. Again I say to you, if you are willing and obedient . . .
Manna for Today – John 9; Matthew 7:24-27; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Psalm 103:1-5; 1 John 5:3; Isaiah 1:19