TRUST OVER RITUAL // OCTOBER 11, 2021
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. "Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed and came home seeing.
Jesus and his disciples came across a man born blind. The expectation would have been for Jesus to lay hands on him or possibly speak the word and instantly the man receive his sight. After all, that was how he had healed in the past. Instead, Jesus made mud with his own spit, coated the man's eyes and sent him off to wash in a pool.
It is easy to get attached to religious rituals -- to expect Jesus to act in a certain way. When this happens, we find our self relying on a method rather than trusting our savior. The way Jesus approached this man was ridiculous. He didn't need his eyes covered; he needed them cleared! Rather than be upset by the method, the blind man obeyed AND received his healing on the other side of his obedience.
God does his part, but we also need to do our part. God is omnipotent (all powerful), but he asks for our obedience -- even if his method doesn't make sense. Perhaps God has done his part in answering your prayer, but he is waiting for you to do your part. Have you replaced trust in Jesus with religious ritual? Or are you open for Jesus to work in a new way -- a way you have never experienced? Take time to pray through this today. Then follow through to do what he calls you to do.