Get Out of Town
Daily Devotional for July 9th
And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. Mark 8:22-25
Without a doubt there are countless reasons why Jesus did things a certain way in His earthly ministry. The Pharisees could not guess His next move, neither could anyone else. His ways confound us so often that we are left questioning the Holy Spirit even though we know His voice simply because some of His instructions fly against human reasoning. Sometimes the ways of the Lord are so high and so deep that they could not be understood by our mortal minds. It is at that point all we can do is accept His instructions with the knowledge that He knows what He is doing.
Some people brought this blind man to Jesus as He was entering the town of Bethsaida but Jesus led him right straight out of town. Why did Jesus do this? Could He have healed the blind man’s eyes in town? Sure, He could have! Do you realize friend that the atmosphere you abide in can have spiritual consequences? How great an effect does your spiritual climate have on you? It can be the difference between life and death. If you choose to abide where certain sins are accepted, then don’t be surprised if you develop an appetite for it or even participate in it yourself. If your friends or family doubt the power of God to heal, deliver and set people free from Satan’s bondages, then you’ll find yourself struggling to believe God when you need a touch of healing or deliverance yourself.
When Jesus led this blind man out of town, He started doing a work in him. Where their hindrances in Bethsaida; doubters, scoffers, unbelievers who would have eat away at the blind man’s faith? The bible is not clear as to why Jesus led him out but we must understand that we can be so adversely influenced by those we hang with. Are you often around unbelievers? Are you in the presence of doubting believers? The Lord may ask you to remove yourself from those atmospheres because they are tearing down your spirit or your faith. Some places you abide can tear down your commitment or consecration.
It may be for nothing more that so you can receive something Jesus wants you to have. Be sensitive to His leading. Is your atmosphere too noisy? Is it too distracting? Are you at a place where you cannot concentrate on God through morning devotion, bible study or prayer? The Lord will ask you to get out of town so He can do that much needed work in your life. Jesus, at times, would detach Himself even from His disciples so that He could go and be alone with the Father and commune with Him. We are no different. There’s too much noise in the world. The distractions will keep you so occupied that Satan will rob you of the miracles Jesus wants to do in you and through you. You have to be willing to get away. When the Lord leads you out of town, follow Him. He is about to reveal something very wonderful and you’ll never be the same.