“As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me” (Luke 18:35 – 39)!
As I read this passage recently, I saw a picture of how we each need to come to Jesus exemplified in the blind beggar.
When the blind man called for Jesus to have mercy on him, he understood his true position before God. Unashamed to acknowledge his neediness, he cried for help.
With child-like faith:
When Jesus asked him what he wanted, he replied, “Lord, I want to see” (Luke 18:41). He didn’t question whether Jesus could or would heal him, he simply presented his request. His trust in God’s goodness and power were absolute.
With persistence and abandon:
He didn’t care what people thought of him. Though they told him to be quiet he called out to Jesus all the more. He knew that Jesus was the One he needed and he didn’t let anything stand in his way.
Oh that we would come to Jesus in humility, unafraid to admit our need; that we would believe in His goodness and His power completely; and that we would tenaciously and unreservedly pursue Him.
And let us not forget the blind beggar’s response when Jesus healed him: “Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God.” (Luke 18:43)
Heavenly Father, help me to come to You as the blind beggar did, with humility, with the faith of a child and with unrestrained exuberance. May I also follow where ever You lead me and praise You all the days of my life.
Questions: What keeps you from seeking God in this manner? What is hardest for you to have – humility, faith, persistence or wholeheartedness?
About the Author Suzanne Benner
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