Reading: Mark 9-10
Summary: Only two miracles are recorded in these two chapters—healing of the boy with an unclean Spirit and blind Bartimaeus—though the miraculous transfiguration is found here as well. Much teaching of Jesus is related, touching on familiar themes like greatness in the kingdom, divorce, children, temptation, and wealth.
Faith That is Blind is No Faith
Faith is grossly misunderstood, by believers and unbelievers alike. The very idea of believing without ample reason is foreign to Scripture. The very concept of faith is often rejected by men as being baseless and superstitious. It’s often assumed that examples of faith in the Bible are demonstrations of blind acceptance. This is not true.
If nothing else, Scripture shows that even Jesus’ apostles often struggled with the things they heard from Him. They did not merely embrace immediately what He said. For instance, coming down from the Mount of Transfiguration Jesus told Peter, James, and John to tell no one of what they had witnessed on the mountain “until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.” Notice this; “So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean” (Mark 9:9-10).
Certainly, the time would come when they would understand. But it wasn’t until Jesus had shown Himself alive to them. Reason was provided for them to believe.
Just because we may not know exactly how God will work and what He will do, we do know what He can and has done. He’s shown Himself—countless times—to be powerful, good, benevolent, and faithful. He’s given us every reason to believe. He’s fulfilled His promises. So why would I not have faith that He will continue to do so?
Yes, faith is the “assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” but that does not mean faith is blind (Heb. 11:1). Things “hoped for” and things “not seen” may sound like a lot of wishful thinking. On the contrary, they are a certainty, because the God who has promised them has proven just how reliable He is.
I have every reason to believe!