Everybody has some type of obstacle, some type of disadvantage or hindrance that stands in their way. What are we supposed to do about them? We must realize that God does not always remove the problem, but He does give us the ability to overcome our problems.
We can learn from Bartimaeus in Mark 10:46-52. The Bible says that he was beggar and blind! I am sure some of us can identify with Bartimaeus in that we too have problems. The real tragedy is that we also have the tendency to major in our problems. Instead, you can overcome your problems!
Start by seeing what God has given you. If we were Bartimaeus, most of us would spend our time complaining about being blind and ignore the fact that we could hear! The Bible says, “And when he heard…” Bartimaeus used his hearing and then his speaking instead of just dwelling on his problem of not seeing. So many people want to have a pity party and moan and groan about what they don’t have, but you need to thank God for what you do have!
He heard and cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Bartimaeus called Jesus the “Son of David,” the whole crowd knew he was saying: “I believe this is the one we’ve all be waiting for, the Savior of the world.” He turned to Jesus, and he was not disappointed. When you figure out what your real needs are, there’s only one person you can turn to…Jesus.
The funny thing about this story is that the blind man can see Jesus better than anyone else! He sees Jesus the way we need to see Jesus! He sees Him as the compassionate Son of David, as the Messiah who responds to the needs of His people.
The scripture says in verse 48 that “Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’” One of the hardest things to do on your road to overcoming your difficulties is to ignore negative people. You would think that the crowd would feel a little compassion for this blind man, but the exact opposite happened. The crowd told Bartimaeus to be quiet. In their opinion, Bartimaeus was not worth Jesus’ time. I love how Bartimaeus responds to the crowd – “He only shouted louder.”
If Bartimaeus had listened to the crowd, he would have still been blind. There will always be cynics who say, “You don’t need to seek God right now. You have plenty of time to make things right with God.” Do not let the crowd stop you!
In the midst of the all the noise, Jesus hears him and responds. Do you need Jesus to stop and address a specific issue in your life? Do you need His mercy right now? Jesus will stop for those who call on Him in faith.