He is calling you
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.” Mark 10:49
Have you ever cried out to God in a time of trouble and weren’t sure if He was hearing you? Maybe you weren’t seeing any change in your circumstances, or you weren’t feeling any relief in your pain? What about calling out to Him for a lost loved one or unbelieving friend? Has it ever seemed to you that no matter how long your prayed or what you said nothing seemed to be any different?
In today’s reading, there was a man like this. He was sitting beside the road and even though he was blind, he knew Jesus was nearby. He began to call out to Him for help. The people that were close by told him to be quiet and don’t bother Jesus, but that only encouraged the blind man to cry louder. When Jesus heard his cries, He stopped everything that he was doing and called for the man to be brought to Him. When Bartimaeus knew that Jesus had heard him calling on Him, he got up and went to Jesus. Bartimaeus was no longer begging for food like he had in days past. He knew that now he had the attention of the One that could change anything and everything in His life, so he asked for his sight to be restored and received it immediately.
Jesus still hears our cries today and He is always listening. You don’t have to yell loudly or beg and plead for Him to see you, He sees and knows you right where you are. In fact, He is calling you right where you are today. His call is always ringing in your heart, but you have to spend some time sitting quietly with Him to hear it. He is always ready to answer you and He always wants to help, but the reason you don’t always hear or see results is because you are not taking the time to hear His direction and call to you.
Today I want to encourage you to keep calling out to Him! Don’t be discouraged or disappointed when you don’t see immediate changes in your situation, just continue to sit quietly and listen for any direction He may give to your heart or through His word. When you sense that He is calling you to take that step of faith toward Him, quickly follow the instructions you believe He is giving. He is always calling you closer, so be ready to spend the time that it takes to press into all that He has for you. And be of good cheer, you will get your answers and you will get results, but you will also be required to listen for your part of getting to the place where your answer is.
Today’s scripture reading: Mark 10:46-52
46 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, 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 throwing aside his garment, 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.