Having Eyes, but Not Able to See


In today’s Bible reading*, Jesus rebukes His Disciples for not being able to connect the dots of trusting Him. (Mark 8:7-21)

They had witnessed Jesus feed five thousand men (plus wives and children) with five loaves of bread and collected twelve baskets of leftovers. And they saw Him feed four thousand people with seven loaves of bread and collected seven baskets of leftovers. Here, the Disciples worry they only brought one loaf for their boat ride.

He quotes Jeremiah 5:21 which references having eyes, but not being able to see. He drives home the point that if He could feed thousands of people with a little supply could He not provide for His Disciples as well?

Next, we see Jesus heal a man, but it takes two touches for the man to see clearly. (Mark 8:22-25)

Finally, Jesus tells us that if anyone wants to follow Him, they would be choosing a hard life of self-denial. (Mark 8:34-37)


How often do you find yourself troubled about how you will meet a need? You worry and worry. Finally, turning to God, He comes through — as He always has in the past — either with an answer to the need, or the calming peace of His presence.

Too often, we see, but we don’t see clearly that God will come through for us. And sometimes, it takes another touch to see clearly.

Oftentimes, we need to cry out like the father of the demonized child (in tomorrow’s reading), “I believe. Help my unbelief!”

* Today we are reading Mark 8.

This devotional was originally published on January 10, 2020.

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