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The Blind Man's Faith

As we walk on the streets, we see many things, and, if we can only stop to observe and meditate on the things around us, we would be shocked at the lessons that we may have been overlooking for years. Certain things occur on a day-to-day basis which brings to the fore, lessons that we can learn. One of such observations is the life of a blind man.

The blind man is led by someone to a location in town, and is set down where he stays to beg for alms. At the end of the day, the same individual who led the blind man out, returns to lead the blind man back home. The blind man hands over to this individual, his plate and its contents, oblivious of the various denominations of the local currency therein. The blind mans guide makes purchases for the blind man from the contents of the plate, and the blind man is happy to have a helper who is there to take him from place to place, and who makes purchases, as well as prepare meals for him. What this blind man exhibits is what we can call great faith.

The blind mans faith in his guide is unquestioned, as he daily places his life literally, in the hands of his guide, and trusts that he is being led to the part of town where his opportunities for a daily livelihood is optimal. The blind man is confident that he is not going to be thrown under a bus by his guide, nor is he going to be left in the middle of the road all by himself. The blind man is sure that whatever the content of the plate is, his guide will not steal from him; rather, he will use it to take care of his (the blind mans) needs. He has no doubt in his mind that he is safe with his guide: his meal will not be poisoned, he is not going to be taken to a place where he will be killed and his body parts harvested for sale to hospitals, or used for ritual purposes. The blind man recognizes his limitations and submits to his guide, whose limitations are fewer compared to his.

The blind man teaches us that first and foremost, every individual needs a guide, and that this guide should possess certain qualities. First, the guide should be able to see what we cannot see. Secondly, the guide should be more knowledgeable than we are. Thirdly, we must trust the guide absolutely, that he will not throw us under a bus, he will not steal from us, and he will take care of all our needs.

The faith this blind man exhibits is a lesson for all human beings. How so? No man knows what will happen in the next few minutes and beyond. Even as this broadcast is going on, no one can tell what will happen next. By looking at the qualities of the guide earlier mentioned, it should be clear that the one guide who can see what we cannot see; who knows more than we do; and who can be trusted absolutely, is God, the Maker of man, and of the heavens and the earth. He is Someone that all human beings should trust absolutely. Now, there are those who say that they dont believe in God; but these are especially the ones who need to learn the lesson the blind man is teaching us. We all, are like the blind man; for we cannot see the world around us in the real sense of the word, and would need a guide to help us along the way. Those who say there is no God are indeed, more than blind; they are in denial! This is even worse than being blind. It is like a blind man, acting like he can see, and in an attempt to prove that he can see, tries to walk on his own, but trips all over the place; yet insists that he is okay and knows what he is doing. This is denial, and a miserable way to live!

Every human being on planet earth has a freewill, and is free to make the choices he wishes. In the exercise of freewill we decide on who we want to act as our guide in life. Some of the possible guides that we may choose to follow include: books written by people (some of whom we dont even know); experts who claim to have made discoveries that would help us; individuals who claim to have insight into the mysteries of the underworld; and experiences that we have gone through (some have said that experience is the best teacher). One guide who stands out from the lot is God.

The bible says, If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. Not wanting man to falter, God made a provision that will help man not fall into a ditch as he moves about in the world. It is written, For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish. The Son of God who has been given as a guide to help man navigate this world is Jesus Christ. All men are counselled to follow the teachings and counsel of Jesus, as contained in the bible to help him walk in this world without falling into a ditch. But this can be a difficult thing to do because man by nature refuses any guide, even when he knows that he does not know his way. Instead, he acts like he knows and blatantly refuses any assistance from anyone. If man is going to get the help that God has provided, his nature must first be changed. For the nature of man to be changed, man must accept Gods offer of Jesus Christ Who came to save man from his nature of pride and arrogance. For a man to make the change in his nature, he must therefore allow Jesus Christ into his life, by asking Him to come in, and help him. This is the first step and from there, all should begin to go as it ought to, provided a man follows Jesus guidance, which is amply documented in the bible. A man who has invited Jesus Christ into his life and follows Jesus guidance is called a believer in Christ or, a Christian (that is, someone who has asked Jesus into his life and is living according to the teachings of Jesus Christ; not someone who is a church goer or born into a Christian).

The believer in Jesus Christ, must exhibit such confidence, such unquestioned trust, such assurance, and such security in God, as to enable him surrender his life literally to Gods guidance. The believer in Christ must rest assured that his life is secure in God. He must live each day, confident in God that all that concerns him is in Gods capable hands. He must trust God without question that Gods decisions and course of action on his behalf is for his own good. He must recognize that no matter how intelligent he may be, he is still grossly limited in his understanding of happenings around him, and their consequences.

Each day, like the blind man, many of us go about with a guide; but sadly, that guide is not God, the divine Guide, Who loves us, and has given us salvation through the gift of the sacrifice of His Son. For example, we board an aircraft or a bus without any prior knowledge of who the pilot or bus driver would be; we pay our fares without any prior knowledge of the maintenance history of the aircraft or vehicle; and we tell people at the destination that we will be with them soon, with such assurance in our voices that they are eagerly waiting to receive us upon our arrival. All this we do, even though we cannot tell if truly we would get to the destination!

How different many people are with God! They question His every decision, fault His leading; and show disgust and disappointment when there are perceived delays. Those who do not trust God go out on their own to work things out by themselves. With the very limited knowledge they have of events, past, present and future, they go ahead to make plans for the next one year, next five years, etc. Some are even encouraged by some religious leaders to develop goals for their livesmany of which have nothing to do with God! The bible says, Look here, you who say, Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit. How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fogits here a little while, then its gone. What you ought to say is, If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that. Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16; NLT).

Beloved, this broadcast is urging you to turn to God and abandon all those guides who cannot, and who have not helped you till now, to get to your destination in life. We are asking you to begin to exhibit, toward God, the faith of the blind man, by placing your life in Gods hands and leave all that concerns you to Him. Do only what God asks you to, and go only where He directs.

Let us pray!