Years ago, I attended a blind singer’s concert in a small Midwest town. While singing and playing the piano, a lady came up and placed her hands around his eyes and said, “I feel led of the Spirit too….” I’m thinking, “He didn’t ask for that; His space had been invaded and her decision was arbitrary. Most of all I’m thinking, “Wow, how’s this guy going to handle this!?”
While the lady prayed for his healing, the blind singer blurts out and says, “I’m happy the way I am. If the Lord wants this for me, Okay, but I’m happy the way I am!” I admired the courage of this man to set the record straight.
As the woman somewhat dejected and embarrassed left him, he began to sing His Grace is Sufficient. To say the least, there was a lot going on for her, him and everyone witnessing his response.
In James 1:5-8, he says to new Jewish believers in Jesus, 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. NLT
I don’t want to denigrate the lady’s desire to have this blind singer see. But evidently, just because she said “I feel led of the Spirit too….” didn’t make it so. To me, something was questionable about the woman’s modus operandi.
The faith in God alone that James talks about, the kind of wisdom he alludes to is always supported by facts in God’s Word and trusting Him for what we don’t know. Without that, what do we have? Without that, what are we like? Without that, what dangers do you think we face in our modus operandi if feelings become our authority?