The tenth chapter of Mark includes the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar from Jericho. He sat by the roadside, day after day, appealing to the sympathies of passersby.
One day was different, however—Jesus came to Jericho. As He and His disciples were leaving the city, they passed by blind Bartimaeus, who shouted out, “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me” (Mark 10:47).
Other people around Bartimaeus urged him to be quiet, but he shouted even more loudly, “Thou son of David, have mercy on me” (verse 48).
Because of the beggar’s persistence, Jesus called Bartimaeus to Him and inquired, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (See verse 51)
Bartimaeus answered, “Lord, that I might receive my sight” (verse 51).
The Bible says that he immediately received his sight, and Jesus Himself explained why. He told Bartimaeus, “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole” (verse 52, emphasis added).
Bartimaeus was healed because he seized his opportunity and cried out, “Jesus! Don’t pass me by! This is my moment. Heal my blind eyes!” The Bible records that Jesus heard his cry, stopped, saw his faith, granted his request, and healed him. How many other blind men did not cry out to Jesus and grab ahold of His promises by faith—and therefore missed out on their healing?
This account is an excellent example of how the spiritual realm operates. God knows our needs and sees our issues, but He can respond only to our faith and prayers. Let’s never be guilty of letting Jesus pass us by and thereby missing an opportunity for a miracle. Jesus is passing by—let’s seize our opportunity!
Are you ready to do as blind Bartimaeus did and lay hold of the miracles that the Lord has for you? I know you are!