I was reading in Mark 8:22-26 when Jesus healed the blind man at Bethsaida, this passage has intrigued me for many years and I often return to it because I believe it really has unique depths. Why did it take Jesus 2 attempts to heal this man, after all Jesus is perfect and is capable of the most awesome abilities so why even knowing this would it take the perfect man to lay his hands on someone twice in order to heal him. The answer I believe is that God needs to know the truth from us in order that he may complete his work in us.
We are living in a time when integrity is under the spotlight and our society in now reaping the rewards of decades of lies and manipulations by politicians and the media which has found itself creeping into our everyday lives. Our children have no one who they can turn to in order to build a trusting and lasting relationship. This one short story in Mark defines so clearly how we should be influencing our present generation.
I have seen and heard people in church over the years praying with the most believable sincerity about God changing society when I know in my spirit that their own lives are just plain wrong and are simply ill at peace with aspects of their inner self. I believe it is impossible for God to to honour our prayers when we aren’t being completely open with him or in fact ourselves. I pray that our nation will once again become the nation that once was known for the honesty and integrity of their word. A person’s word was once considered a bond and a handshake was considered as irrefutable as a standing contract I pray in earnest that we as a nation will know this honour once more.