God is into asking questions. He asks questions all throughout Scripture. For example, early on in Genesis when Adam and Eve fell into disobedience God showed up and asked, “Where are you?” Here is a very simple observation: God already knew the answer to his own question. He doesn’t ask questions because he needs information, but asks questions for our benefit. God wanted Adam to come forward and admit where he was – living in disobedience.
Today’s New Testament lesson is just plain good stuff. Jesus is walking along with a big crowd following him, and he passes by two blind men. They cried out to Jesus to have mercy on them. The crowd, like some uptight parishioner in a church worship service, shushes the men for being too loud. But the men will have none of it. They shout even louder to Jesus. It’s a beautiful thing. Then Jesus asks a question: “What do you want me to do for you?” It doesn’t take God to know what the men wanted. Everybody knew what the men were after. But Jesus asks the question to the men anyway. Here’s the deal: God wants us to admit where we are and what we want him to do for us. The act of using our words to admit and confess our situation is important to God.
Only after the men tell Jesus they want their eyes opened did Jesus do for them what they wanted. So, what do you want Jesus to do for you? God is looking for you and I to do more than ask for a generic blessing; he wants us to tell him exactly what we want from him – to admit our need and the place we are at in life. Only when we humble ourselves before God in such a way can we really expect him to do the miraculous.
Mighty God, let my eyes be opened so that I can see the wonders of your Holy Word. Teach me your ways so that I can see to follow Jesus in everything. Amen.