What is the desire of God for our lives? Commentary on Matthew 13:15

Published on 3 October 2023 at 20:55

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull.

Their ears are hard of hearing,

And their eyes they have closed,

Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,

Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,

So that I should heal them.’” (Matthew 13:15)

Looking at this passage, someone might think that God doesn’t want these people to see, understand, and, consequently, be healed. This is what the phrases “Lest they should see…”, “Lest they should understand”, and “So that I should heal them” seem to mean. This is part of the passage, but we mustn’t look just at these phrases. We must see the root of the problem. Why is it that God wouldn’t help or heal someone? It is because of the lack of faith. It is because these people’s hearts are hardened, and don’t walk in God’s ways nor look for His help. The beginning of the passage shows it by saying: “For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing…”. This is the root of the problem. 

God wouldn’t heal or help us without having faith in Him. Faith is important because it connects us with Him, and by faith, we are saved. That’s why He is more interested in us having faith than just being healed. When we believe, we also get healed and receive a solution to some situations. This doesn’t happen without faith. Still, faith is the main point here because it gives us the most essential – to be with Him. 

God sometimes doesn’t answer a prayer for various reasons. It might not be the right thing we are asking for, it might not be the right time to receive it, or it might be that we don’t have faith. We need to ask ourselves this when we sometimes don’t receive something: “How is my faith?”. This is the reason why he didn’t open the eyes , the ears to those persons and didn't heal them. So that they can realize something is not right and can look for faith. Why? Because God wants us to have it, and because through it we are saved. Faith is expressed in our dependence on God. He wants us to be saved. Many times, we get upset why we don’t receive something from Him, but His ways are always higher, and He knows what is best for us. This is to be with Him. 

This is the reason why Matthew 6:33 says: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” We need to seek Him first; then the rest shall be added, not vice versa. This is also why when healing the paralytic in Mark 2 tells him first: “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” (Mark 2:5).

This is because this is the most important – to receive forgiveness from God and have a relationship with Him.

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