Now as Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me!” Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, “Lord, please let me see.” Jesus told him, “Have sight; your faith has saved you.” He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God. – Luke 18:35-43
How many times in life have we felt like this blind beggar sitting by the roadside, down-and-out and hard on luck – physically, spiritually or emotionally? Witnessing our distress, some people quietly walked by without a care. Maybe they tossed us a coin, though they didn’t help us out of our discouragement or difficulty. Others might have jeered at us or not dared to look at us. Some may even have scolded us, like the people in the Gospel telling the beggar “to be silent.” Just as the blind beggar of today’s Gospel could not give himself what he most desired – sight, we are unable to give ourselves what we most need – faith. Do you and I regularly ask for an increase of faith? Are we aware of how much we need a strong faith?
The book of Job tells us that “human beings have a hard service on earth” (Job 7:1). It shouldn’t be surprising, then, when in our lives as Christians we take some real blows and even some falls. God doesn’t want us to become discouraged. He wants us to see these as opportunities to turn to Him, the source of strength and help we need. Other voices will tell us to be quiet and not bother the Master: “After all, you just need to work things out,” “With so much going on, how can you and I find time to pray?” Jesus constantly passes by. He is the only one who can bring us the peace our heart desires and longs for. “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”
Jesus promises us that he will listen to our request, just as he did to the blind man. But what should our request be? To have a more comfortable stool to sit by the road and beg with ease? To have a beautiful silver cup to collect coins in? Or to see? Often what we need is not what we ask for in prayer. We need the vision that only the supernatural virtue of faith can give. We need the ability to see everything from God’s vantage point and to see how the difficulties and trials we experience are part of a bigger picture. We need to have the firm assurance of the final victory of the Lamb, Jesus, and the strength to persevere in fidelity.
As you pray today, listen to this song, Walk by Faith – Jeremy Camp and ask the Lord, to please let you see, to increase your faith so that you will be able to experience His love even amidst difficulty and trials.
Peace and Blessings.