January 4, 2023

He is calling you

So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him,  Luke 18:40

Have you ever cried out to God in a time of trouble and weren’t sure if He was listening or even 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 you prayed or what you said, still nothing seemed to change?

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 the blind man knew that Jesus had heard him calling out to Him, he got up and went to Jesus. He 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. When Jesus asked him: “What do you want me to do for you?” The man boldly asked for his sight to be restored and received it immediately.

 Jesus still hears our cried 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 to come to Him, right where you are today.  His call is always beckoning in your heart, but you have to respond by setting aside 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 shut out the noise of the world for a few moment and hear His answer and direction 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 closely with Him and listen to 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 your answer, 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.  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. Start today, the choice is totally up to you.

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 18:35-43

35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 

36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 

38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 

41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 

43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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