Devotional Thoughts for Today
“Your Faith Has Healed You.”
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Growing up, I used to love going over to my best friend’s house to play. However, I wasn’t allowed to go over to his house until his parents came home. Being an impatient child, I would call his house up to 10 times a day to see if they were home. While most parents would probably be annoyed by my constant calling, my friend’s parents found it endearing that I wanted to play with their son so desperately.
In this passage, we see Bartimaeus sitting by the road begging for money; at this time, Jericho was a wealthy city and many beggars would line up along the city entrance, hoping political elites or traders would give them money. According to Luke 18:35-43, as Jesus walks out of Jericho, Bartimaeus inquires why there is so much noise—it was a commotion that he had never heard before. When he hears that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by, Bartimaeus immediately cries out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” When the crowd tries to quiet him down, he cries out even louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus heals him and says, “Your faith has healed you.” Bartimaeus’ desperation resembles a child-like persistence. He knew that only Jesus could heal his blindness, and he wanted to desperately meet Him. While people found his persistence annoying, Jesus called it “faith.”
Sometimes we equate faith with knowing more theology and having more knowledge. However, in the kingdom of God, a child-like faith lets us experience Him. Please understand that theology and knowledge are important because they both facilitate our faith, but they do not define it. In Mark 10:14, Jesus says, “When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” God is encouraging us to have a child-like persistence, so that we may experience Him!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You desire for us to experience the kingdom of God. You do not make it a mystery, but You give us a blueprint to follow. Help me to be like Bartimaeus and have a child-like faith. In Jesus name. Amen!
Bible Reading for Today: Colossians 4