Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sometimes it seems like Jesus will never get around to helping you with your troubles.
You have prayed and waited but nothing seems to change.
If God sees your pain, why is it taking so long?
After a while, you feel like you are alone to deal with your pain.
In Mark 10:46, we read about a blind man named Bartimaeus. He lived in Jericho where all he could do was sit on the side of the road and beg for help.
But one day he heard the commotion of a crowd. He wondered why the people were so excited. Someone told him that it was Jesus of Nazareth heading his way.
Bartimaeus must have been overjoyed knowing that Jesus was nearby.
I can only imagine how his heart quickened and his pulse raced as hope began to fill his heart.
He had heard about this man. Many were made whole and healed of all their diseases by his touch.
Some were set free from demons and others brought back to life.
All he knew was that he needed to get to Jesus before it was too late.
But Bartimaeus was blind and the crowd sounded large.
What could he do? He didn’t have his sight, but he did have a voice. He began to shout loudly, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
People in the crowd rebuked him, telling him to be silent. Bartimaeus was not going to be silenced. The king of kings was near.
This blind man had no intention letting a chance to be touched by the Great Physician just pass him by.
He called all the louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Scripture then tells us that Jesus stopped and he said to those near to call him up.
When Bartimaeus heard this, he threw off his cloak and sprang up and came to Jesus.
Jesus asked him “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Rabbi, let me see.”
And Jesus then told him to go his way saying, “Your faith has made you well.”
Bartimaeus’ sight was restored and he followed him on the way.
This encounter with Jesus changed his life. He not only received his sight, but he was forgiven of his sins all because he put his faith in Jesus.
When the storms of life hit, do you feel like you are in darkness as your troubles leave no light of hope?
The truth is that if you belong to Christ, he will always find a way to meet you in your struggle and draw you to Himself. He will reach through the crowd and take you to a place of healing and peace.
Nothing is impossible to Him who knew you before you were born.
Never lose sight of the truth that in each battle you face, you are completely surrounded by angels dispatched from God to protect and guide you.
Your cries do not go unanswered. He hears your every plea and he cares.
The redeemed of the Lord cannot be destroyed by the slings and arrows of the enemy.
Every single detail of your life from birth to death has been arranged and made perfect. You cannot fail.
The enemy may taunt you with oppression and lies but you are protected by heaven’s royal guard!
That truth should set you free.
Christ became your burden-bearer when he conquered the world and deprived it of its power to crush you.
Whatever trial you are facing, remember that all things are under the authority of Christ. Let God accomplish the work that he has begun in you.
Whatever time He deems necessary for you to continue in your struggle is specifically designed to equip you for the work he has chosen for your life. It is a royal assignment and not without merit.
All those whom God has chosen to do his greatest work have received their power as they patiently trusted him during a time when all hope seemed gone.
You must remain steadfast and stand the test in order to receive the crown of life that Jesus has promised to those who love him.
You are never alone and never without hope.
Marianne Lordi attends Old North Church in Canfield.