Today’s Reading - Matthew 20
29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.” 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. - Matthew 20:29-34
In the recent days, months and years we have faced the potential for a severe weather storm. Some have materialized and some have not. These two men were facing a severe storm. It’s just so easy to follow the crowd. No one really notices and you can just go about and do what everybody else is doing. It’s just so easy to do what the people you perceive to be in a greater position or status are doing and to yield to what they say. I’m glad these two men chose to pursue their blessing and keep shouting. And shouting even louder. These two men understood their chance to be changed forever slipping by them if they did what the crowd said to do. It would be hard to get over missing the one chance we had to make a significant difference in our lives if we simply listened to the crowd without measuring the consequences. Don’t let other people prevent you from receiving the move of God in your life because they might not really know what you are going through or where you have been. This is not a suggestion to be rude and obnoxious to other people, many of whom may be your friends. I am suggesting you must discern for yourself your pursuit of Jesus and what you need him to do for you, regardless of what the crowd or your best friend thinks is the proper thing to do. There are times when the Lord wants to see and hear the desire of your heart around your most pressing need. Pray like you mean it and don’t let others make the decision for you. If you need to shout even louder amongst the crowd in order to regain your sight, go for it! Shouting represents fervency and zeal. I believe we are too often nonchalant about our faith and the cries of our heart are too soft or non-existent. Spiritually speaking, there are times when we need to shout even louder to the Lord and he will have compassion on us and touch us. Like when a storm is coming. These two men then followed Jesus. When Jesus touches us, we follow.
Heavenly Father, hear the cry of our heart today over the greatest need we have. Whether it be for ourselves or we cry for someone else, we shout even louder so you will be moved to have compassion. Forgive us for assuming too much. Help us to be bold in our desire to see you move in our life. We rebuke the storm and ask you to move in our storms. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.