Matthew 9:29b – “According to your faith, it will be done to you.”
Jesus had been followed by two blind men who begged him to have mercy on them and restore their sight. Jesus asked if they believed he could and they said yes. So Jesus touches their eyes and says “According to your faith, it will be done to you.” And they were sincere in their faith, for their sight was restored.
In all my reading so far, I haven’t come across Jesus asking someone if they believed and then said healed according to their faith. How very interesting and different the story would have been if he said that and their sight WASN’T restored. I wonder what Jesus would have said in reply to that, Jesus who said super radical things that still pushes us to a higher and holier standard, one that involved not just our actions but our thoughts and our intentions? What would he have said?
Does Jesus still say that to us? Does he ask us if we believe and do we say yes and then we find that in the end, we didn’t really believe? How often do we really NOT trust God to take care of us and our needs?
Over the past few years, we have had the opportunity to make decisions that force us to really rely on God, to ask “Do I believe?” and then to act. Do I believe that God will provide when we don’t actually make enough money for one to stop working? Do I believe that God will provide when we move to a small town and need just a little bit of extra income? Do I believe that God will provide in the midst of heartache and loss in the family? Do I believe God will provide when I’m feeling lonely and misunderstood and just need some mom friends to walk with on this journey of parenthood?
We asked those really tough questions and then planned, expecting God’s provision because we knew that it could work no other way. We definitely need to have some steps to take that are bigger than we can do on our own but we also still need to plan. As our pastor said on Sunday “Prayer is not a plan. Hope is not a plan. They are needed, but they are not a plan.” We still need to make good decisions and plan and be good stewards, but we can’t live life so comfortably small that we disallow God to come through and provide. If we only live a life that we can provide for and control, then we miss opportunities to build our faith and trust in God and we also miss opportunities to show others how big our God is. We miss times that we can tell people “We didn’t know how it was going to work, but God provided for us.” God provided the right family at the right time for daycare. God provided an opportunity for extra money without getting an extra job for just as long as we needed. God provided a buyer and a seller right at the time big changes were happening or about to happen with my daycare families. We have a long list of times God provided.
I am convinced that it is because we believed and acted on that belief. Jesus asked “Do you believe I can do this?” We said yes and he replied “According to your faith, it will be done to you.”
When have you stepped out and let God provide for you?