Text: Isaiah 42:16; 2 Corinthians 5:7
Prop: Picture of blind person with a guide dog
Summary: God wants us to depend on Him by faith just as a blind person depends on his guide dog.
Can anyone tell me what this picture shows? [a blind person and a dog] What is the dog doing with him? [leading him because he can’t see] Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you couldn’t see?
Read Isaiah 42:16 And I will bring the blind by a way they know not, I will lead them in paths they have not known…
The prophet Isaiah foretold of a day when God would lead his people by sending Jesus as a new and living way to follow Him. Jesus is our guide. Many times we are like a blind person: we don’t know what to do to please God. We could try to please Him on our own and think of neat things to do. But God wants us to trust Him to lead us. The Bible speaks of walking by faith, that is, by trusting God’s Holy Spirit to lead us. We can pray to God expecting Him to answer us.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight)
What if we behaved as if we actually were blind spiritually? If we were utterly helpless to know what to do without praying about it first, then we would develop a deep, dependent relationship with Jesus. God wants us to be close to Him. That is why Jesus gives every Christian the power of the Holy Spirit within us. So the next time you see a blind person, remember that God wants us to depend on Him by faith just as the blind person trusts the dog to lead him.
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