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Sometimes we gotta get down and dirty!

Monday, May 7, 2012 (8:40 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

John 9:6-7 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 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.

I read this passage and I wonder how I would react if someone mixed their saliva with some dirt on the ground and put it on my face like this. Ewww! Why didn't Jesus just heal this guy and be done with it? Why the messy prelude?

If you'll notice, Jesus did two things. First, He placed mud on the man's eyes. Then, He told him to go and wash himself in the pool of Siloam. Of course, the man willingly obeyed. If you had some gross concoction smeared on your eyes, wouldn't you? The mud actually provided the motivation for his obedience.

My point? We don't always have to understand why we find our selves muddy sometimes. Perhaps if we weren't muddy, we'd never be motivated to obey! And obedience is crucial to a successful and flourishing walk with the Lord.

Let's not despise the mud on our face today. We all have times of trial. Let's use them for an opportunity to be obedient! God is just trying to help us see better!

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  • Moe

    I believe that if I were blind, I would do anything to see again just as the man did that Jesus healed by putting the mud in his eyes. I believe there is way more to the story than what we get at first glance.. 

  • in faith

    i think Jesus wanted to see the mans heart. The man wasn't healed right away. He had to show physical faith by walking to wash off the mud.
    he was blind so getting around must of been difficult.

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