Calling After God

46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. 51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Mark 10:46-52

There is a pursuit that we need to have with Jesus, a calling out to Him that only should intensify as we face the headwinds of doubt and those who would try to silence us. It is in our cries of desperation where we yearn to be in the presence of God that we get the attention of the Lord Almighty. It is not that He wasn’t listening before. It is not that He wasn’t present before, but in His “stopping” and calling for us, we find a place of peace, joy and assurance that is found no where else.

Our response to His attention and magnified presence must be a throwing off of cloaks that we have worn in the past, for in His presence our lives are changed. There must be a turning from what we knew before into a new reality of His goodness, healing, and grace. To pick up old and dirty clothes and wear them again after we have been cleansed in His presence is a defilement of the gifts that He gives.

Faith is the catalyst that drives us to call out ever more to Jesus, and faith is the very thing that draws the attention of God to our needs. When we believe in the good and faithful God who desires to meet us and bring new life to us, He responds with more of Himself. In Him is all healing, power, peace, joy, and fulfillment. After an encounter with Him, when He says, “Go your way,” it is hard to imagine anything less than a desire to follow Him further on His way.

Our heart’s cry must always be for more of Jesus. Never let the moment pass you by. Continually call out to Him. Continually follow after Him, never allowing “your way” become better in your mind than His way. He is the God who gives sight to the blind, physically and spiritually. Receive your sight today to see more of Him by asking in faith.