Pull out the Windex if you are feeling muddy!

In today’s put on passage we see Jesus putting mud on the blind man’s eyes. John 9:1-15 recounts the story of a man born blind who met Jesus near the pool of Siloam. The disciples asked Jesus, who sinned that this man was born blind? Jesus answered no one’s sin caused his blindness as his healing will show God’s great work. Jesus was making the point that until He came the world, it was a place of darkness, bound by sin but He came with the light of salvation for all who would believe. In John 9:5 Jesus proclaims He is light, While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then he made mud and put it on the blind man’s eyes and told him to go wash. He went and washed and could see.

Neighbors questioned him, Are you the blind man? He insisted he was the former blind man. They wanted to know how it happened. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” Then they wanted to know where this Jesus was and the man said did not know. 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

I love this story as we see Jesus using the man’s blindness as a metaphor for the spiritual darkness of the people. Jesus put mud on the man’s eyes and he was able to see when he washed it away. He gained light in his dark world. Jesus was making the point that He was and is the light of the world and if we want to see, have spiritual clarity, we need to come to Him. Jesus alone has the healing prescription for our souls. The mud covered the darkness of the man’s eyes and when removed he could see. Likewise, Jesus’ blood covers the darkness of our sin and when washed by His blood we are able to see Him and receive His light into our lives.

Do you have an area that is muddy in your life that needs to be washed? Are you seeing the true light of life fully or do you need to get out some Windex and clean up your soul? The ‘Windex’ of God is Jesus’ living water that will clean any amount of dirt from our souls! John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” Want to be clean and filled with His living water? Confess and repent before Jesus and He will cleanse you. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Get rid of the mud today so you can see clearly the light of Jesus. His light is the light of life!

Linda

Thankfulness Day 5: we are well cared for!

Gentle readers, I want to apologize for the typo in yesterday’s text- the reference was 1 John 1:5-7. I was able to correct or update the blog online but not to my followers. As much as one tries to avoid such errors, they happen and there does not seem to be a way to resend a correction. Thanks for following and know that I try to be as accurate as possible.

Today’s verse is one that is dear to my heart, Isaiah 58:11. “The Lord will guide you always;  he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden,  like a spring whose waters never fail.”
I first encountered this verse during a bible study as it was our memory verse for the week. As I sought to imprint it upon my heart, I was captivated by Isaiah’s images of how God cares for me. I love to garden and the thought of always being well-watered with His living water always bolsters my spirit. The thought that He is watching out for me and will see that my needs are met when life gets hard, dry and seems to tax me to the limit. God will see that I do not flag in strength and He assures me that He is my guide. Lastly, the promise that His living water will always be there to quench my thirst for all eternity is amazing.

I pray that the thoughts and truths expressed by Isaiah in this verse will empower you to live more thankfully today.

Linda