Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? (Mark 8:18)
I must confess that I struggle with worrying. I worry when my kids get sick, I worry when finances get tight, I worry when I face difficult situations, and I worry when circumstances are out of my control. For some reason, my mind often resorts to the worst case scenario, and I find myself in a downward spiral of worry. Today Mark 8 caused me to ponder if the source of my worry is an eyes, ears, and mind problem. Let me explain.
Jesus’ disciples were first hand witnesses of 2 incredible miracles. The first was Jesus feeding 5000 people, and the second was Him feeding 4000 with a few bread loaves and some fish. They experienced His supernatural provision, and all it took was a little surrender and a little trust. Following the second miracle, Jesus sought to warn them about the corruption of their hearts, yet they totally missed the point and were worried about their lack of bread for their next meal. Jesus, aware of their worry over the bread, shares these words: “Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?” In essence Jesus is saying, you saw with your own eyes how I provided for your needs, yet you still don’t see that I got you. You heard with your own ears how I blessed what was in your hands and it was multiplied, yet you don’t hear My blessings over your present circumstances. You experienced my divine provision, yet you forget…you forget what I have done and that I can do it again. Because you don’t truly see, truly hear, and truly remember, you don’t truly understand what I am doing, who I am, and My purposes for you.
So again I ponder if the source of my worry is an eyes, ears, and mind problem. I frequently worry about these situations outside of my control, and today I ask myself…
Don’t you see, Can’t you hear, and Won’t you remember.
You’ve seen, with your own eyes, Him come through time and time again, so trust that He will do it again. You’ve heard His promises and experienced His blessing time and time again, so trust that He will do it again. You’ve witnessed His provision, protection, and faithfulness, so remember and trust that He will do it again. Worry melts away when we see, worry melts away when we hear, and worry melts away when we remember Him! Whenever worry begins to creep in I will commit to taking a moment to Re-see, Re-Hear, and Remember His faithfulness, His love, and His blessing.
Jesus, please forgive me for my worrying. Please forgive me for not truly seeing, hearing, and remembering because You have done great things, spoken eternal promises, and have come through time and time again. Please help me to trust that You can and will do it again. In Your name, Amen!