Updated: Jun 21
Bartimaeus...sat by the road begging. 47 And when he heard
that it was Jesus...he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David,
have mercy on me!” 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out
all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 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.” 50 And...he rose and came to Jesus.
51 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.”
52 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
Here you have a blind beggar known throughout his community. So much so, that he’s known as blind Bartimaeus. When he hears Jesus approaching, he begins to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” But notice what those around him said when he did. They ‘…warned him to be quiet…’ In other words, they tried to intimidate him. Yes, that’s right! Those closest; those who knew he was disabled, and knew he was a panhandler, tried to talk him out of his miracle. But this is what I want you to see: If he continued to allow them to silence, bully, talk down to and treat him like he was less than nothing because he was a disabled panhandler, he would have remained blind and missed his miracle, and the same is true for you.
You see, there are people in your life who are trying to evoke fear, intimidate, bully, and/or talk you out of what God is about to do for you. I know you’d like to believe that they’d never be successful and prayerfully they won’t, but the thing is that it’s not strangers, but it may be those closest to you. Those who know your struggle, those who know that’s its going to take nothing short of a miracle, are the same ones who won’t support and/or buy from you. They’re the very ones who’ll ‘warn you’ to not do what you know is right or get you to be quiet about what needs to be said. Whatever the case, you need to do what Bartimaeus did and cry out all the more because if you don’t, the Lord will pass you by. I know you probably don’t believe that, but its true.
If Bartimaeus would have just sat there and continued to believe that he was going to be blind and have to beg for the rest of his life, the Lord would have let him. If he would have just sat there and continued to let those closest to him downplay, intimidate and not support him, Jesus would have passed right on by and let them. Now I know you don’t like that because you probably subscribe to the old ‘Do Not Pass Me By’ hymnal, but the Lord will do just that. But why?
Because the Lord’s not going to force His will on you, even if He knows His will is best. Oh, I know you think that when God gets ready for you to do something, He’ll just MAKE you do it, but that’s not the truth. If He did, don’t you think the first thing He would do, would be to MAKE everybody get saved? Wouldn’t you think He’d force everyone to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior? Yet He doesn’t which me