“And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.”
When Jesus came to the coasts of Decapolis, the people were very excited to see Him. I’m sure they had either heard or seen the miracles He had performed in other places, and now He had come to their city. In their city was a man who was deaf and also had an impediment in his speech. They knew that only Jesus could help this man, so he was brought to Jesus. Jesus took this man aside and prayed, and immediately his ears were opened and his tongue was loosened to speak clearly. The people were astonished when they saw what happened. Their response to Jesus’ miracle was, “He hath done all things well…”
My question for these people is, if Jesus hadn’t performed the miracle, would they have said that He had “done all things well?” If Jesus had decided to leave the man with his handicap, would they had been astonished with Jesus’ power? These people thought that Jesus did all things well because He did what they wanted Him to do; however, one must wonder if they would have been just as pleased with the Saviour had he not done what they desired of Him to do. What these people didn’t understand is that Jesus did all things well even when He didn’t perform to their expectations.
Christian, there is a valuable lesson that you must learn from this story. Jesus’ performance isn’t up for validation because He has already been validated. Jesus doesn’t have to do what we expect of Him to do to be a God who does all things well. Sadly, many Christians put God on trial and deem that He is a good God as long as He does what they want Him to do.
My friend, does God still do all things well when He doesn’t come through for you? What if God allows your perfect world to be crushed, is He still a God Who does all things well? If God doesn’t keep your family member alive, is He still a God Who does all things well? If God doesn’t give you the finances that you think you need, is He still a God Who does all things well? If God doesn’t give you the answer to prayer that you wanted, is He still a God Who does all things well? If God doesn’t give the single person someone to marry, is He still a God Who does all things well? If God doesn’t keep your child from being a special needs child, is He still a God Who does all things well? If God doesn’t keep your family member from being incarcerated, is He still a God Who does all things well? If God doesn’t stop the enemies attack, is He still a God Who does all things well?
If you are going to keep yourself from being disillusioned with God, you are going to have to accept the fact that He does all things well even when it doesn’t turn out well for you. You must come to grips that everything doesn’t have to be good for you for God to be good. Romans 8:28 reminds us, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” The good in this verse has nothing to do with it being good for you, but it is good because God determined it to be good. Let me encourage you not to fall into the trap of the people in Decapolis who only thought God did well because it turned out well for them. If you will accept God’s providence in your life, you will soon realize that no matter how things turn out, He does all things well.