Last week, we looked at the story of the deaf and dumb man whom Jesus healed, somewhat unconventionally; yet through this encounter, we see, quite clearly, the sensitivity, compassion, and empathy of Jesus.
God is very concerned about each of us intimately, and He knows the process that must transpire before we see an answer to our prayer or an end to our trial. What we frequently struggle with is accepting the process; we don’t want to go through it. We want to get to the end of things. But the Lord often requires us to walk through the process.
Trust God in the Process
There were times when I questioned things in my life. The process didn’t seem helpful or make sense; but then I saw the fulfillment, and I realized why I had to go down that road. We can all be peaceful with hindsight; the key is to do it before. But how? We do it by faith in advance. By faith I determine to trust God in the process. I’m not going to question, challenge, or complain incessantly. I’m going to trust Him through it so I can rejoice in the midst of the process rather than having to wait and rejoice when the process is over and everything works out.
When we trust God in faith, He will meet us in ways that we need to be met and do things that need to be done. That is what we see in the passage in Mark 7. This man’s tongue was loosed and he spoke plainly. Jesus then commanded that they should tell no one. The more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. They were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” And in doing these things, Jesus was fulfilling the prophecies of the Messiah.
A Fresh Work of the Spirit
In Isaiah chapter 35, the Messiah was foretold as one who heals the lame, looses the tongue, and opens the deaf ears. In the Gospels we see Jesus doing those very things among the people. And we are so thankful that He is still doing those kinds of things among us today. As we look around and see God’s dealings with people, or ministries doing things a different way than we might be used to, may we always remember that God’s workings are diverse. He doesn’t treat everyone alike, nor does He deal with people in a prescribed manner. May we look with anticipation for a fresh work of the Spirit in our lives.