Do not Pass me by

Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’” (Mark 10 verse 48, New King James Version).

This is the key Bible verse for the “Come and See” devotional today.

This verse was taken from an unforgettable event that happened on the roadside in Jericho during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. It describes the desperate cry of a blind man, Bartimaeus, who would not allow the opportunity to be healed to elude him, regardless of the obvious limitations that surrounded him . The Bible records the events leading up to his cry for help as follows: “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!”(Mark 10:46, New King James Version).

It would seem that Bartimaeus was not noticed when Jesus Christ and His disciples first came to Jericho, but when they were leaving, Bartimaeus would not accept a repeat of the same situation. After all, it was a case of either ‘now or never’ for him.  Consequently, he was not deterred by the threats to be quiet and he persisted until Jesus Christ heard and called for him. The Bible records the next sequence of events as follows: “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 10:51-52, New King James Version).

Our yearning for change is the critical factor that decides whether a current unpleasant situation will improve or not. Remember: Bartimaeus was not distracted or intimidated by the aggressive multitudes and instead, he focused on the need for his situation to improve by having his sight restored. Similarly, when the Lord appeared to Abraham, he had been childless for a long time and desperately pleaded not to be overlooked, saying: “if I have found favour in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.” (Genesis 18:3, New International Version). There is always an opportunity for the miraculous to happen whenever we appear in His presence.

Jesus Christ laid emphasis on the need to build our desires and be expectant for the fulfilment of our desires. Thus: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6, New King James Version). The promise of God to heed to our cry for help is unchangeable because He doesn’t lie. Your shout for help will always gain heaven’s attention. “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it”- John 14:13-14

Let us pray: “Father, do not be far from me: by your mercy come quickly to my help,” in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

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