It’s easy to assume that when it’s time for things to change in our lives, they’ll just happen when “they’re supposed to”. It is so easy to sit and watch life go by and happen for others and feel like, “eventually my time will come too”. But what if that’s not how it’s supposed to be all the time? In some situations, we are simply told to wait patiently,
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 NKJV
But what if every promise of God we’re waiting to see manifest in our lives, doesn’t work that way? What if, it takes a desperate seeking after God to see the change we need? What if, we decided to step out of line and go straight to the front to get what we really need from God?
Often, we can get stuck, confused, and even delirious with worry because we don’t know what else to do. We become weak, ashamed, and buried under the rubble of burdens and stresses caused by life. When we find ourselves in these places of depression and despair, instead of taking a seat in it, we have to become desperate and unrelenting in our seek for Christ. In these times, we can’t just idly wait in line for “our turn” to come around. We must go after God in ways that may seem crazy to everyone else, but that will catch the eye of the only One who can really make a difference.
A Tale of Two Men (Matthew 20:29-34 NKJV)
“Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him (Jesus Christ). And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” Then the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!” So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”
It was their desperate seeking for Jesus’ attention that brought about their healing. They went after Jesus with all their might. They seemed so obnoxious to the crowd that at one point people were basically telling them to “shut up” because they didn’t see the need of what they were doing. They had no idea what these men were going through in their lives, and to them it didn’t matter. But for these men, getting the attention of Jesus was everything because they didn’t just need healing in their natural body, but for their souls.
“And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.” Matthew 20:34 NKJV
Their healing was much deeper than their outward situation; it hit places in their souls they probably didn’t even realize His touch would reach. Just from one encounter with Christ, their entire world changed; their way of living, their quality of life, and even their relationship with God. They immediately began to follow after Jesus because they knew He was everything they needed. It was their desperation that caused the compassion of Christ to show up on the scene, and give them a new way to see things.
See, hard times in life should always draw us closer to God, but most times we get blinded from seeing who He really is. Trials can draw our focus onto ourselves and our issues. With each passing thought we sink deeper and deeper into what we’re up against, drowning into the sea of sorrow and misery. We tend to go to places, people, and things to make it all better, when Christ is the only One that can make the difference. He is the only One that can deal with the voids in our lives properly, and bring us to a place of wholeness.
We have to be desperate in our seek after Christ, and immerse ourselves in Him. Worship Him until something happens. Pray until He speaks. Study the Bible; don’t just read it, but dig deep to get understand of what God’s word is saying. Turn down your plate (fast), and seek God to fill you instead. Be honest, and get help with a struggle. Whatever it is, go after God with all you’ve got, even if it looks crazy to others. This isn’t about what they think, but about what you need. Stop giving up when things get hard, but seek after God.
“I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:4 ESV
This is for us too! God will answer our prayers too! We just have to be willing to seek Him. Don’t give up until you get God’s attention.
Prayer: Father, we desperately need You. Help us get passed the opinions of others, and our own turmoil as we seek after You. Show us Your compassion. Without Your touch, we will continue to live blind and unchanged. In Jesus Name, Amen.