Good morning! Today we will continue our reading in Matthew 20. The backdrop begins with Jesus moving through another crowd. Enjoy today’s reading and your day.
“29 As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. 30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them. But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” 34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.” – Matthew 20:29-34 NLT
Have you noticed, we (or at least I) never realize how much we/I take my body for granted until something begins to hurt or no longer functions the way it was designed to work. For the past four days, I have been struggling with an eye infection. The infection literally caught me by surprise. Just the inconvenience of going to the doctor, ten days of antibiotics and a bandage to protect my eye from further infection has been a test of patience and self-reflection. While, I know there are a lot of lessons I walked through, consulting the Lord about this inconvenience was a priority – uh Lord, what are you doing here? How and why are you using this situation? Don’t get me wrong, I trust Him, but I want to get the lesson right (if there is a lesson to be learned), so that I won’t need to repeat it again. However, in the case of these men in the verses above, we don’t know why they are blind, we don’t know what life has been like for them. What we do read is that the crowd was trying to control their plea to the Lord to have mercy on them.
See the blind men heard Jesus was coming. They positioned themselves in away that even without sight, they knew something about Jesus’ ability to offer mercy and healing. The blindmen called, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” While the crowd tried to control their plea, the blind men would not relent from calling on the Lord. Brothers and sisters, sometimes we need to be louder than the crowd and chaos around us, and cry out to the Lord.
- What do you need to cry out to the Lord for in your life? _____
- If Jesus asked you, “What do you want me to do for you?” What would your response be? _______
But the best part in the verses was verse 34, “Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.”
When the Lord helps you, I hope that you can truly see Him, see how good God is, how merciful and loving God is, and follow Him as they did.
Father God, thank you for being so gracious and merciful. Lord, we can always count on you to come through for us. Lord, forgive us of arrogance, doubt and disobedience. Lord, help us to see you in all the areas in our lives. Lord, don’t let us be like the crowd, shutting down the voices of people in need. Lord, let us humbly help your children/sheep and lead them to you. Lord, we lift up those who are ill today and are in need of your mercy and healing. Lord, touch them and heal them. Lord, bring comfort to their bodies and their family members. Lord, touch those who are blind and protect them as they rely on others for sight, but Lord, first, be their eyes and help them to see you at work in their lives. Lord, touch the spiritually blind and open their eyes to see you. Lord, wake them up from their slumber so that they will begin to follow you. Lord, change us. Continue to work in us. Teach us how to apply your Words into our daily lives. Lord, we don’t want to be blind to the things you are doing, we don’t want to miss one thing. Open our eyes so that we can see you. In Jesus name, amen.
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