Ever feel like you have a little faith, but not enough to trust God for everything you know He needs to do in your life? Have you ever decided to step out on that meager amount of faith and see what God would do? That’s the point of today’s miracle. We have a man who is blind and his faith is weak. He trusts Jesus just a little bit. As a result, the first time Jesus’ healing is only partial. But then Jesus does it again. The man, having seen some success must surely have gained more faith and trust in Jesus. And as a result, the healing was complete.
And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see men, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. – Mark 8:22-25, ESV
Jesus is amazing. He took the blind man by the hand. He took responsibility for him. He was the one to care for Him. If that’s not a model on how to minister, I don’t know what is. We are to try and establish that personal touch, that real relationship with those we minister to. Jesus surely did. There were disciples around. There were also the people who brought the blind man to Jesus. But once they got the man to Jesus, Jesus took the man’s hand. And He led him out of the village, for this miracle was for the man’s benefit, not for Jesus’ fame. Jesus does the same with us. When we need Him, He takes our hand personally. He’s the one who is there for us. He is the one caring and pouring His love over us. He doesn’t send a delegate. God Himself is there.
And that surely helped the man believe just a little. But note that after Jesus makes the effort to heal him, the man’s blindness isn’t entirely cured. He can see men walking around, but he can’t really tell the difference between men and the trees. That means his sight wasn’t 100%. Did Jesus botch this healing? Did He not have enough power? No. Likely it was because the man only held on to a sliver of hope that Jesus might be able to help him. He didn’t fully believe that Jesus could really restore his sight. But Jesus did, at least partially. And surely that gave the man the hope that Jesus could do it all. That would explain why Jesus tried again. And the second time the man’s sight was completely restored.
I’ve been there. I’ve looked at what God is asking me to do and I’ve felt completely inadequate for the task at hand. But more than that, a huge part of me had doubts on whether God would deliver it all. I could see and believe part of it, but not all of it. That’s too big. God’s got other things He is more concerned about. Doubt, doubt, and more doubt. I had a sliver of hope, but not much more than that. And I was like this blind man. We’ve all been there. The thing of it is, God can work with that. He can make a start if there is some faith there. Maybe He can’t accomplish it all in that first pass (well, He can, but likely He wants us to trust Him more and thus uses it as an opportunity to build us up). Then we see Him at work and we begin to believe even more. We believe that which only God can do He will actually do. He has grown our faith. He has increased our trust in Him. He has helped us when we couldn’t help ourselves. And He then He goes and delivers on the impossible, the unlikely, or the unthinkable.
Is there something in your life where you can only see a bit of what God needs to do? Are you afraid of taking that first step by faith because you can’t see things through to the end? Do you wonder if God is willing to deliver it all? Take that first step. Admit your doubt but declare that you know He can overcome it. And then lift up your foot in faith and place it that first step ahead. A little faith is the start to bigger things.