Sometimes your faith needs to be louder than the noise of the circumstances around you.
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Mark 10:47
Remember the name?
He was the blind man who shouted, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me!”. His incessant screaming got him his healing. It is interesting, that while he was screaming for deliverance, people were trying to shut him up asking him to - “Be Quiet!”.
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! Mark 10:48
Poor Bartimaeus was only looking for help. He was blind and in poverty. He heard the word about how Jesus the miracle worker was passing by and decided to take a chance. Ideally, the crowd around him should have had compassion on him and carried him to Jesus. Instead, his surroundings tried to drown out his plea for help. Who knows how many people had yelled at Bartimaeus that day, trying to quieten him. And yet, we read in Mark 10, in the face of adversity that he shouted even louder!
He believed that Jesus who was passing by would hear him and that he was not ready to be shut up by those around him.
Many times, we can find ourselves in similar situations where our prayers for help are being silenced by the voices of doubt in our minds. Those voices remind us of our sins, how unworthy we are, and even how we deserve to suffer our plight. Sometimes it is people closest to us, loudest in discouraging us to stop pursuing our faith.
Bartimaeus could have easily given in to self-pity, how unfortunate was it for him to be a beggar and a blind man. You can imagine the life of this man struggling hard to get even a day’s meal. Yet even in that dire situation, he never lost his faith. He believed that Jesus would stop, despite the huge crowd around him, and heal him. His faith made him scream louder at Jesus. He proved the point that when the enemy raises his voice, you have to praise louder, you pray louder.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. Psalm 34:6
Our good Lord is on his way to touch you, to heal you, to bless you. Don’t stop yourself from calling out to him. He can lift you up from your misery. Let your faith scream louder today than yesterday. Let your hope silence those voices of doubt. Let your belief in Him bring you to your deliverance.
Don't let Jesus just pass you by.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10