Call For Attention!
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Bible Text: Matthew 20:29-30 “As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. 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!” Read Matthew 20:29-34
Memory Verse: Psalms 50:15 NLT “Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”
It’s amazing to see how things have evolved over the years. Our ways, style and approach to living, experiences volatility each day and it’s becoming more evident that everything is subjected to change rapidly and unpredictably. Even the way we read our bibles have been upgraded, the hardcover bibles are mostly dusty as many now study the word using mobile and tablet applications and platforms.
There is no wrong in that because those platforms are resourceful, but somethings never change or respond to the volatile world, one of which is where, when and the ways we can speak to God. Your upgraded and fast changing life should not negatively impact your prayer life! If anything, the resources which comes as a result of the upgraded life should be catalysts for getting better at calling on God. An old proverb says when things are bad, you pray, and even the most glamorous and beautiful things, likewise needs prayers.
In today’s bible verses, we see how most people live their everyday life; possibly walking the blind path. Until you have fully accepted Jesus, surrendering to Him to lead your life, you remain spiritually blind and will either be stagnant or just move with pace of the crowd. You are most likely to live daily this way until you chose His salvation which propels you, stands you out, empowers you to outpace the crowd, and walk in the light.
The bible describes the crowd that followed Jesus as “large” and Matthew 14:13-21 shows us that this could be as much as 5000 men besides wife’s and children. This is the perfect example of the complexities of this world.
The two blind men on the road side knew they were blind but most importantly, they were uncomfortable with their state and knew who is needed to bring light their way. They craved independence from the captivity of blindness, they desired to see the light, so they took opportunity of the perfect time when Jesus was passing by.
Have you ever imagined how loud they had to shout? The bible did not record the distance between those men and Jesus but my good guess was they had to scream on top of their voices to be heard in that crowd. They had to open their mouth and come out with the right words “have mercy on us”. They knew mercy was needed.
The timing was perfect and so was their words. We are in the perfect timing as we begin lent today, a 40 days’ period based on Jesus’ 40days in the wilderness. We have the perfect opportunity to stay focused on God and reflect on His faithfulness and His unending love.
While waiting on God during this lent, what is your focus going to be? Are you just going to go with the crowd, let the crowd shut you up? Or are you going to call for attention?
Don’t be intimidated and don’t allow anyone stop you from calling on God if you wish to do so. The crowd did try to stop the blind men but they responded by shouting even louder until they were heard. There are a lot of voices going on right now during the lent period but be calm enough to hear when God is speaking to you. He knows what you want already but He still wants to hear from you and most importantly wants you to continue following and believing in Him. Mathew 20:34.
- Father thank You for always hearing my cry and attending to my needs
- Open my eyes O Lord, bring me out of every darkness which surrounds me, Help me to live in the light
- I receive the ability to call upon you for attention when needed and I rebuke every attempt of the crowd to silence me in Jesus name
- Forgive my iniquities Lord and let your mercy prevail over judgement
- Thank you Father and in Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
I’m reading the YouVersion plan ‘Bible in One Year 2020 With Nicky Gumbel’. Check it out by clicking on the caption below.