They came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. Mark 10:46-47, KJV.

In these scriptures we read about a man who was a blind beggar. It says that he sat on the highway side; this is a place where the unclean outcasts of society would dwell. He was going through his daily routine saying, “I’m blind, could you please share a shekel so I can buy some food?”

It seemed like an ordinary day of begging when all of a sudden he heard voices trailing off in the distance. Because he was blind his ears were more keen to the sounds around him. When he heard that Jesus was coming down the road he cried, “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.”

He was physically blind, but he had a spiritual understanding of who was coming down the road. He knew who was the source of healing.

People began yelling at Bartimaeus, saying, “Who do you think you are? Hold your peace! Don’t you know you are nobody important, you’re just a blind beggar? Don’t you know who Jesus is?

For some of us, all that it would take to silence us is for someone to tell us to be quiet. All it would take is the enemy to tell us that we are worthless and wounded.

But is there someone who will not listen to the negativity of people? What did Bartimaeus do? Was he going to listen to the skeptics or was he going to cry out to the source of all power?

It says, “He cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. Mark 10:48

Jesus stood still in His tracks.

I find it extremely comical that the same people who were telling Bartimaeus to “hold his peace” are the SAME PEOPLE who said, “Be of good comfort, rise; Jesus is calling for you,” Mark 10:49.

People are fickle. Feelings are often wrong. The devil is a liar.

Don’t listen to the people around you who tell you to quiet your voice. When you’re desperate—when you have an impossible situation in your life—when you can make it on your own, then you need to cry out the more for Jesus to intervene.

When you cry the more after Jesus, He will hear you. Today, connect to the power of God.

Bartimaeus didn’t only receive his sight, but Jesus said that his faith made him whole. (v.52). WOW. Our faith truly can move mountains. Our faith can bring healing. Our faith can calm troubled atmospheres.

When you’re blind, you have a need that is beyond your control. There may be a blinding situation in your life today, but I’m so thankful that Jesus operates in the sphere of impossibility; with man it may be impossible, but with God, all things are possible.

The devil will tell you lie after lie, and there will be people who will say to you, sometimes even in church, “hold your peace…who do you think you are… you’re being too loud.” Purpose in your heart, mind, and spirit that you will not be silenced by the enemy of your soul or other people but that you will be empowered with the Word of God and will cry the more after Jesus!

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Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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