DEAF AND BLIND

Acts 28:27 For this people’s heart has grown dull,

and with their ears they can barely hear,

and their eyes they have closed;

lest they should see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their heart

and turn, and I would heal them.

I think a lot about the miracles in the ministry of Jesus. The ones that really stand out to me are the deaf and the blind. Each of these miracles speak to us of a spiritual condition that also needs the miracle power of the Lord. Think about the little deaf boy that Jesus healed. He had never heard his mother’s comforting voice. He had never felt the strength that came from his father’s words. He had never heard the sounds of the laughter of the other children; he had lived in a world of silence. That is the condition that we are all born with (and Christians tend to slip into), spiritual deafness. Our ears are deaf to the sounds of heaven all around us. It is so easy to be distracted by all the activity screaming for our attention and miss the beauty of God. We hear the noise of the radio and television, the sounds of stress and anger, and the distractions of our carnal appetites and miss the sounds of heaven. His melody is in the wind, the birds, and the sounds of creation all around us. His word is loudest in His written word. Only by the touch of heaven can we hear His powerful voice. In His word we find strength, mercy, encouragement, correction, and guidance. When our ears are healed, we are flooded with His beautiful voice.

The other spiritual condition is blindness. We are tempted to only look at the glitter and the attraction of this present world and miss the light of God shining all around us.  We see Him in His creation, in the Savior Himself, and in His work of redemption. When the amazing grace of God opens our eyes we see His artistry. We see it in His creatures and in the beautiful world He has made for us. We see His amazing grace in the life and ministry of Jesus. He is altogether lovely. Life flows out from Him and changes everything He touches. We see His beauty in the work of redemption. All of us who were bound and lost in our sins have been changed. This is the greatest picture of God’s work; His beauty seen in fallen, redeemed man. All of us were bound in a hopeless condition. Like the blind and deaf in the gospels, we couldn’t fix ourselves. He came and with one touch our lives are flooded with the music and beauty of the kingdom of God.

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