CHANGES GOD MAKES IN PRIVATE
It is amazing that God would pursue one individual out of 7.67 billion people. But God has always done that. Jacob was having difficulty following God’s will for his life - until he was “left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day” (Genesis 30:8). God waited for this moment when Jacob was away from people and distractions so He had Jacob’s full attention.
“And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay His hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, He sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly” (Mark 7:32–35).
These two examples are not saying that God cannot work in a public setting or when others are near. The point is that sometimes the best and most important work is done in secret.
In the next chapter, “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?... Then Jesus laid His hands on his eyes again, and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly” (Mark 8:23, 26). This restoration was a process, but it was complete.
Are there hindrances in your walk with the Lord that He can’t remove because He needs you to get alone with Him before change can take place. Your spiritual healing is more important than public appearance or being with others. Does God have your undivided attention?
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