Blessed… Don’t Be Deterred

As Jesus and his disciples were going out of Jericho a large crowd followed him. When two blind men sitting along the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Now the crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stopped in his tracks and called to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord, we want to see,” they replied.  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they were able to see, and they followed him (Matthew 20:29-34, Common English Bible).

Jesus was walking through town and there were two blind men who asked for Jesus to have mercy on them. At least to me, this idea of having mercy on them is a bit strange. The two are blind. Instead of asking for mercy, why did they not immediately come out asking Jesus to heal them?

The two must have been stirring up quite a ruckus and making a scene. They were making enough noise that the people around them are wanting them to be quiet. We aren’t sure why the two, in their efforts to get Jesus’ attention, were bothering others in the crowd so much. Some speculate that they were attempting to get the two not to bother Jesus. Others believe that they were afraid that, with all the noise these two were making, Jesus might notice the two blind men and completely miss seeing them. Therefore they might miss the chance of having Jesus giving mercy to them. Regardless of the reasons, the two stirred up those around them.

What I enjoy about this story and that these two were not going to be deterred.  If anything, when the crowd is attempting to get the two to settle down, the two, if anything, turned the volume up. They wanted to a moment with Jesus. To be more precise, they wanted to see Jesus.

As the two continue to make noise and stir things up in order to gain Jesus’ attention, their efforts come to a successful moment when Jesus comes to them and asks what they want. Their response? “We want to see.” Jesus meets them where they are and takes them where they want to go.

The point for today is simply this. When we have a dream, when we have a wish, when we have something only God can do for us, never, ever be deterred by the nay sayers around you. I believe God puts these dreams into our heads. I also believe there are many things we cannot do ourselves. WE NEED GOD!

In his book The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, Mark Batterson says that God is not offended by your big dreams. God is offended by anything less. Further, Batterson believes that it is offensive to God for us to pray for things we can do. What we truly need to pray for are the things we are unable to do, things we need God to do for us.

In the lesson, the two blind men were unable to restore their own sight. When I pray for my adult son who travels all over the world, to have safe travels, that is something I cannot do for them. I need God’s hand to be at work. And, when someone says to me, “Accidents are relatively rare. You don’t need to waste your time praying about that.” I cannot be deterred. I can protect my child in no other way than through prayer.

Whatever it is you need, if you can do it for yourself, do it. If you cannot do it for yourself, the place best to begin is prayer.

What are you trying to do that you cannot allow the world to deter you?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


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