And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Isn’t this really the question that permeates all of Scripture? Isn’t this the heart of it all? Isn’t this the question we must ask ourselves in every situation we face: “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” We must know that Jesus is able. He is able to forgive a sinner’s sins and make a lame man walk and the blind to see. He is able to call out a publican to follow Him and change his life completely. He is able to help the chronically sick and even the dead. He is able to reach into our lives and do something about whatever brokenness we carry. He is able to turn our worlds upside down with His love, compassion, and power. He is able to minister distinctly and specifically to whatever we personally need.
We can believe that Jesus can change our lives with just a touch or a word. We can believe that He can respond to whatever it is that hinders and hurts in our lives. We can believe that He is God and thus can do things only God can do. All we have to do is let Him work. All we have to do is have faith. All we have to do is trust Jesus.
Because everything Jesus did was in response to that belief. As He went around ministering in people’s lives, what He responded to was their faith and what He chided them for was their lack of it. What He wanted them to believe was that He was God and He was here to help. And that was the same thing God always wanted from His people all the way back to Adam—”Do you believe that I am able? Do you believe that I am God? Do you believe that I will do what I say I will do?”
So, what is our answer to that question? Is it, “Yes, Lord,” like the blind men who received their sight that day? Maybe sometimes it’s, “Help thou mine unbelief,” and we have to ask for the faith that we lack. Maybe sometimes it’s, “No, Lord,” and we go back the same as we came. But if our faith is weak at times, let’s just remind ourselves that it’s Jesus Christ asking that question, and He can do what no one else can. He can change significantly what has been our reality for a long time. He can take away what seems impossible to get rid of. So because it is Jesus we seek, let us simply trust that He is able.