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Matthew 9:29 (NKJV)

Then He touched their eyes, saying,
“According to your faith let it be to you.”


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Matthew 9:29 is a Bible verse from the New Testament where Jesus responds to the faith of two blind men.

At the height of Jesus’ ministry here on earth, he went about healing, delivering and loving on people. Let’s read this whole story in context. 

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Matthew 9:27-30

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”

28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows it.” 31 But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.

The first interesting thing to note is that Jesus did not respond verbally to the blind men’s cry. He was healing people everywhere He went, so certainly they expected Him to heal them. Verse 27 says they were following Him, crying out, but notice there was no answer. Verse 28 says “when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him.”

When the blind men were face-to-face with Jesus, it was then He responded to them, not with an answer but with a question—a very important question. He said, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

You see, it is not the severity of our crisis that necessarily gets Jesus’ attention. It is the level of our faith.

Though He cares very deeply about every detail in our lives, and yearns to reach out and help when something goes wrong, we also have a responsibility in the relationship.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

We must ask ourselves how we would respond if we were the blind men in the story. What kind of faith does Jesus see inside of us? Are we fooling ourselves, thinking we have a strong faith?

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Maybe we have called out to Jesus, knowing He can heal, help and deliver, but nothing seems to happen. We’ve heard the stories, read the testimonies and seen others transformed. But we’re stuck.

In their response to Jesus’ question, the blind men acknowledged their faith, but also their position. They called Him Lord. They not only humbled themselves enough to believe that He could heal them, but they also surrendered to Him as Lord.  

Unlocking the Truth - Humility and Faith

Humility and faith walk hand-in-hand. We may have faith big enough to move mountains, but unless we humble ourselves and accept His answer His way—when, how and where—then we might be waiting a very long time.

It is a beautiful and dangerous assignment to go all the way with Christ. He tests, prompts, pushes, carries, comforts, beautifies and molds us all along the journey. But what an exhilarating thrill! Nothing in the world can even come close.
 

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It’s extremely hard sometimes to accept the possibility that we might not get what we so desperately want. But when we’re willing to accept His way, trusting He knows best, He can so easily remove the desperation from our hearts and replace it with His peace, which is far better and far sweeter.

Our joy and contentment does not rest in getting our own way; it does not rest on another person doing or not doing something; it does not rest on our own abilities or performance and it does not rest in a win. 

Our joy and contentment is in Christ, in His hands—no one else’s, not even our own.

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Finally, in Matthew 9:29-30 Jesus touched their eyes, saying “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened.

Our destiny is in our own hands, according to the level of our faith and the level of our surrender. We must ask ourselves, are we willing to build our faith on that dangerous balance beam of humility?

Reach out and take His hand. Like a gentle giant, He helps us.

Don’t worry. Underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27). He's got us. 

Study the Bible verse of Matthew 9:29, grow your faith and build your humility in Jesus Christ. He is so worth it. Amen.

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