Daily Devotions from The Word Of God… From the heart of Ed Algreen

Scripture: Luke 18.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Luke 18:35-41 (NLT)

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind beggar was sitting beside the road. 36 When he heard the noise of a crowd going past, he asked what was happening.

37 They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by.

38 So he began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 “Be quiet!” the people in front yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40 When Jesus heard him, he stopped and ordered that the man be brought to him. As the man came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord,” he said, “I want to see!”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

God spoke to me on several items in this passage of Scripture:

  • I wonder if this was coincidence that the procession, of which Jesus was a part, passed by the given route coincidentally, or deliberately, seeing that Jesus knew there was a need along the way? Of course a similar question might be: Was it coincidental that the blind man was along the same road that Jesus would pass? Either way, I believe it was the appointed time for the meeting of Jesus and the blind man. And much like this story, I believe that God has appointed a time for us to meet Him at times when we feel like we are at the end of our rope and can go no further. Jesus loves and cares for us friend, and He will arrange many meetings such as the one with the blind beggar, so that He could get our attention or meet our needs.
  • In spite of all that might be going on around us, we must be like the blind beggar and persist in our cry to Jesus for His help. Friends, pastors and other respected leaders may try to tell us where to go and what to say, but Jesus knows our heart and our cry, and He wants to meet our need. Let’s never lose hope and sight of His love for us.
  • I believe the most striking thing about this story is the point of Jesus asking the blind man what He could do for him. Friends, it is so easy of us to judge from the surface, or the circumstance what might be a person’s needs, and we may even start praying for that assumed need, but like in the case of Jesus’ question to the man, we must always ask first, as there may be something much more important, and urgent in the mind of the needy person, for which they are even more concerned and seeking God’s help and answer. Also, much like in the case of an addict, verbalizing their need or concern is most of the battle towards recovery.

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, You have shown me once again how much You care of us, and how You would meet our need even when others around us may try to silence us or steer us in a different direction. Please help me to never try and do Your job by telling someone to do something contrary to Your will and way. Please help me to lead them to You and allow You to do Your work in their life. Please provide opportunities this week where I might do exactly this, lead someone to You so that You may perform miracles in their life. Thank You for loving us this much, that You would have a personal encounter with us and meet our needs.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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