“A Blind Man’s Plea”

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Today’s Reading: Luke 18:35-43

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! Luke 18:38

Some years ago a traveling companion noticed I was straining to see objects at a distance. What he did next was simple but life changing. He took off his glasses and said, “Try these.” When I put his glasses on, surprisingly my blurred vision cleared up. Eventually I went to an optometrist who prescribed glasses to correct my vision problem.

Today’s reading in Luke 18 features a man with no vision at all, and living in total darkness had forced him to beg for a living. News about Jesus, the popular teacher and miracle worker, had reached the blind beggar’s ears. So when Jesus’ travel route took Him by where the blind man was sitting, hope was ignited in his heart. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (v. 38) he called. Though without sight physically, the man possessed spiritual insight into Jesus’ true identity and faith in Him to meet his need. Compelled by this faith, “He shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!” (v. 39). The result? His blindness was banished, and he went from begging for his living to blessing God because he could see (v. 43).

In moments of seasons of darkness, where do you turn? Upon what or to whom do you call? Eyeglass prescriptions help improved vision, but it’s the merciful touch of Jesus, God’s Son, that brings people from spiritual darkness to light.

—Arthur Jackson

Father, open the eyes of my heart to clearly see who Jesus is and what He can do.

The Father’s delight is to give sight to those who ask Him.

From “Our Daily Bread”, June 5, 2018.

Scriptures are from the New International Version (NIV).

 

Picture is from Google Images.

 

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“Will God Help Little ‘Ole Me?”

Read Exodus 4: 1-5

Brian felt sick to his stomach. Today was his first speech in speech class. Standing up in front of the class was not his favorite thing to do. Brian asked God to help him, but he didn’t feel much better. Maybe a speech is too little a thing for God to care about, he thought. Maybe He only helps with big things.

God cares about anything that is important to you.

Do you need an example? God told Moses to be a leader. But Moses was a little scared about how the people would feel about him. God turned a stick into a snake right in front of Moses. That showed Moses in no uncertain terms that he was not going to be alone. God asked Moses to do a job and by His power the people would follow Moses.

What About You?

* When has God helped you do something hard?

* Is there something you need to ask His help with right now? What?

Talkin’ About It

It’s OK to tell God when you are afraid. It’s even OK to tell Him that you don’t really fell His presence with you all the time. Ask Him for help to do hard things and to remind you of how He has helped in the past.

The LORD will give power to His people. Psalm 29:11 God’s Word Translation

From “Life Is A Meatloaf Sandwich!: A Devotional For Early Teens”, by Carolyn Larsen, pg. 23

“I’ve Been There”, Jake Hess

The Good King didn’t promise that His Lightbearers would have a life free from trials and troubles. No, as long as we live in this world we are bound to go through rough things in life. But His Majesty tells us that He has been where we are and that He will walk with us on the hard road of pain and problems.