Thought for the Day – Thursday 30th July

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As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

Matthew 9 : 27 – 31

Are you good at keeping secrets? These two men evidently weren’t. They couldn’t help but share the news of what had happened to them.

We don’t know exactly why Jesus wanted them to keep their healing a secret. There are other times when Jesus encouraged the receiver of a miracle to tell everyone what has happened. But on this occasion Jesus wanted them to keep it to themselves. Perhaps, like it suggests in Mark 1, the crowds were getting so big that Jesus couldn’t move freely. Or perhaps he was concerned that people were more interested in the miracles than the message.

But whatever the reason this was too much to ask of the two men. Their lives had been transformed and they wanted to tell everyone about it. They may have been disobedient on this occasion, but I’m sure that willingness to share about the good things God had done for them would come in handy in the long run.

Prayer: Wise Lord, help me to be trustworthy with my words and know when it’s appropriate to keep a secret. But help me also to be someone who is full of joy and happy to share that message of good news with the people around me.

Action: Think of something good that has happened to you over the last week. Now go and tell someone about that good thing and how grateful you are that it happened to you.