Let Me See
And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. ~Mark 10:51
The gift of vision is one of the many things that I am thankful for. Can you imagine not being able to see? When you are blind, you live in a world of darkness! When you are blind, you live in a world where shapes, sizes, colors, and dimensions are incomprehensible. When you are blind, you are dependent upon other people to lead you. This morning, we want to consider a blind man who wanted to see.
We see this blind man and his incompleteness.
He is introduced to us as blind Bartimaeus. His name means "the son of Timaeus." As far as we know, he was born blind. He could not enjoy normal conversations about the beautiful things that other people could see. He was disadvantaged in life because he had to depend on other people to be his eyes. He had resigned to be a beggar because he could not perform a typical job. As a beggar, it was perceived that he was part of the lowest level of society. He lived a life that was incomplete. His dream in life was to escape his disability and darkened world. Many of us are able to see physically, but we are blind to the blessings, responsibilities, and brevity of our life.
We see this blind man and his importunity.
He heard that Jesus was walking his way. This man cried out to Jesus to have mercy on him. We see the humility in this man. He did not blame God for his condition. His condition showed him that he needed the Lord. We see the faith in this man. He had faith to believe that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God, and the sovereign Heir to David’s throne. He had faith in Jesus' Person and His power, so he cried out repeatedly. He wanted to be able to see. He cried out to Jesus in urgency and faith. He cried out loudly, and even when he was told to stop, he continued to cry out. He encourages us about the importunity in prayer. We must keep praying until the Lord says "no" or until the Lord is ready to do something for us.
We see this blind man and the incredible.
Jesus gave Bartimaeus the opportunity to approach Him. When Jesus heard his plea, Jesus told him, “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.” Bartimaeus received his sight immediately! The first thing that he did was glorify God and proclaim that he could see! When we allow God to open our eyes, we see incredible things! This man could see his future! This man could see the wonderful things of God! This man could see his potential in life! This man could see a new beginning in his life! “I can see! I can see!” Can you see? Can you see God’s love working through you? Can you see God using you as a missionary on foreign soil? Can you see God's purpose and direction for your life? Are you someone who needs to see?
May the Lord deliver us from a vision that is narrow, blind, or shortsighted. May we have faith to see the invisible, believe the incredible, and do the impossible! Do you have some scales blinding your vision of the Word of God? Are you blinded to the opportunities that God has for you? Be like Bartimaeus: realize that Jesus may be coming your way only one time, and beg Him to open your eyes!
Have a vision-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Luke 4-5