Another beautiful day God has given us the grace to be alive again. Today I would love to share with you a few things that God reveled to me during last Sunday's sermon. Let us read from the book of Mark chapter 10 verses 46 through 52.
It was on a Sunday morning during the first service when the pastor was reading these scriptures and I could not refrain from noting down the things that started to flow in my head. Allow me to share with you and God bless you.
- Even though Bartimaeus was blind, He knew Jesus. There were so many people passing by together with Jesus but he focused on Jesus. He knew that only Jesus could give him what he needed. Do not put your hope in human beings. No body can help you. God is going to use people to get you where He wants you to reach so put your trust in God. Bartimaeus knew that Jesus could have mercy on him and help him gain his sight.
- Many people discouraged Bartimaeus saying that he was just disturbing Rabbi. He did not give in to their discouragements but rather, he kept pressing on towards what he believed. Stay focused on God. Let no situation, circumstances, people around you talk you out of what you have been praying to God. Keep up the faith and trust in God.
- Recognize an opportunity and make the most of it. Probably there were other beggars as well, not only Bartimaeus. The rest either did not know Jesus and what He could do for them or maybe they heard of Him but they had no faith I can not tell. But the Bible tells us about Bartimaeus. This man knew Jesus. It was a life changing opportunity for him. Still that was not a guarantee for his sight to be restored. Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He could have asked for money or anything else. Bartimaeus chose sight.
- Knowledge and faith matters. It could not be possible for Bartimaeus to ask Jesus to help him see if He was ignorant of what Jesus was capable of. In normal circumstances for instance in class, if you want to solve a Math problem, it's not easy to go ask somebody who is poor in Math. You will find somebody who performs well to help you out. Knowing God more and more, knowing His word matters. Take a step further, have faith in Him. You do not have to figure out how is He going to work things out, just trust Him.
- "Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road." There are some areas we are struggling with, we do not know how to go about just because we are blinded. When Bartimaeus received sight, he followed Jesus. Let us ask God to give us sight. Where we are blinded, we may or may not be aware of the areas but God knows them all.
God bless you so much for reading.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.