Following the instructions of God

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.

Mateo 9:27-31

Jesus performed many miracles and His reaction after healing someone, sometimes He would ask them to testify about the miracle received; but, on other occasions, He told them not to tell anyone. In this healing of two blind men, Matthew says that Jesus commanded them that they should not disclose to anyone that they regained sight. This rigorous assignment of Jesus must have been an order given with all the authority of the Son of God. However, the two blind men completely disobeyed that order and revealed to everyone what had happened.

How many times have we revealed the secret confided by someone? How often have we been reckless studs opening our mouth? Each of these cases result in embarrassing situations participants thereof. And here we are only talking about the human plane. Now let’s see how bad is when we decided to ignore the order that God has given us and do the opposite. Disobedience to God’s command is called sin, and the consequence of sin is death, which means total separation from God’s presence. We gain nothing when we deaf to strict assignment that comes from God and yes we all lose.

Several years ago, someone sent me an email with an interesting history, which can serve as an illustration for the title of this reflection. Sometime an expert mountaineer decided to climb a high mountain. He came to a point where it would camp that night. However, his eagerness to reach his goal led him to try to continue ascending the mountain. Halfway through his rise, his foot slipped and fell into the void, leaving only hanging on a rope. In their desperation, the climber cried out to God to save him. In response to his prayer, he heard a voice saying to him; “Cut the rope, cut the rope.” The man, rather than give case to this voice, clung with all his strength to the rope. The next day, rescuers found the man killed by freezing, clinging with both hands to a rope and just 12 inches off the ground.

Every day we pray to God and ask Him to guide us on our way. However, I wonder if we are really listening and following His guideline. There may be those who say they do not hear the voice of God and, therefore, until He comes and talks they are not going to lift a finger. The truth is that our Heavenly Father has many ways to communicate His will for our lives. Hearing an audible voice is possibly His most unusual way of communicating with us. Many of the instructions He is given to us come through His Word. God bless you.

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