Persistence Pays Off

Today we were reading several chapters in the book of Luke and the one that stood out for me was chapter 18.  Verses 35-43 spoke of a blind man who lived in Jericho.  He heard the commotion of the crowd and wondered what was going on.  They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.  When the blind man heard this, he cried out to Jesus, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  But the people in the crowd who went before him told him to keep quiet.

The blind man refused to keep quiet.  He saw an opportunity and was not about to let it get away from him.  He was blind.  He sat by the road begging.  He had a need.  He heard about Jesus and all that He was capable of and he wanted Him to help him.  So, when the people tried to shut him up, he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  That got Jesus’ attention and He stopped.  He commanded that the blind man be brought to Him.

Jesus asked the man what he wanted from Him and the man, without any hesitation replied, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”  He knew that when he received his sight, he stop begging and do improve his life.  Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”  Immediately the man received his sight.  His response was to follow Jesus and glorify God.

Faith had made the man well because he believed that Jesus could give him sight and he refused to allow other people to discourage him.  His faith made him persistent and it paid off.

Cry out to Jesus to meet your needs and don’t let the enemy or others discourage you.  Be persistent.


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