Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road. (Mark 10:46-52 NKJV)
So here we have a blind man, Bartimaeus, seeking the healing power of Jesus and they crowd is shushing him. Why do you think they are shushing him? Maybe it’s because they do not believe that he is worth Jesus’s time. Jesus has become a well-known man of influence and Bartimaeus is nothing more than a disabled beggar – someone who had very little value in society. But the discouragement of the crowd does not stop Bartimaeus for calling out to Jesus. At this point in his life he probably had nothing left to loose and the only hope he had was walking by him at that very moment. If you were in his shoes (if he even had any shoes) would you be quiet or would you continue to call out to Jesus?
I wonder how many times we believe the lie that Jesus doesn’t have time for us. I wonder how many time we believe that Jesus will not take the time to listen to us. It is a lie. We each need to understand that is intended to seperate us from the love of Christ.
Had Bartimaeus listened to the crowd he would have stopped calling out to Jesus, and Jesus may not have heard him. Bartimaeus had the faith to keep calling on the name of Jesus and his faith paid off. Jesus heard him and healed him. Do we have the faith to do the same?
Whatever you are struggling with — whether it is physical aliment, financial difficulties, social struggles, etc. — if it is important to you, it is important to Jesus. Keep calling out to Him. He is listening and He wants to give you the best He has to offer.
The bible tells us that the Father in heaven knows how to give His children good gifts. Do you believe that?
Lord, sometimes we struggle to believe You have our best interests in mind. Sometimes we struggle to believe that you will take the time to listen to us. We often believe the lie that we are unimportant or that our struggles are unimportant. And even when we do believe you care, there is still part of us that still doesn’t quite completely believe. Lord, help our unbelief! Give us the courage and the faith to continually pursue You and Your almighty power. Silence the voices all around that repeatedly tell us we are insignificant. Helps us to see your unfailing, neverending, and unconditional love. In your name I pray. Amen.
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I hope my thoughts help you understand how this scripture can be applied to our modern lives, but don’t just take my word for it. Dive into The Bible yourself, pray, and ask the Lord to reveal His truth to you personally.
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