“Don’t assume God knows, let Him know”; I heard this during a meeting earlier this year and it has stuck with me since then.
As is commonly said, “Assumption is life’s lowest level of knowledge.” As we start out this week, let’s pick some lessons from the story of Blind Bartimaeus in Mark’s version- Mark 10:46-52.
Jesus had just gotten out of Jericho. He had the disciples and a great crowd with Him. As they went on, they passed Bartimaeus’ spot and by this time he had gathered information that it was Jesus who was passing by.
Wow! You mean that man we’ve been hearing about is finally here. Without a thought, he begins to cry out, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me“. The crowd hurriedly hushed him up. But did he get discouraged? No way. The Bible records, “he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.”
See Jesus’ reaction in the next verse. “And Jesus stood still“. A honest and heart -felt cry of mercy will always arrest Jesus’ attention. Always. However, it doesn’t end there. Okay Bartimaeus, you have my attention but ” what wilt thou that I should do unto thee?” The large crowd and even Bartimaeus must have thought to themselves “is this a rhetorical question or what?”; but Jesus wasn’t out of order. It was possible he was crying for alms like he had been doing previously or for some other random request. Another possibility is that he was enjoying the sympathy he received from passers by, and he wasn’t going to enjoy that anymore if he got healed. In other to be clear, Jesus had to ask him what he wanted. He responded by saying “Lord, that i might receive my sight.” Jesus ministered to him and immediately, Bartimaeus received his sight. What a joy!
Many of us have been crying for one thing or the other. Your cry got God’s attention but instead of asking you say to yourself, “why do I need to ask since the Bible already says God knows the thoughts of a man”. Well, I’ve got news for you. Until you ask, you are not a candidate for receiving. Quit being religious. Jesus is saying He’s since heard your cry and has stood still for your sake but like he asked Bartimaeus, “what wilt thou that I should do unto thee”. Simply put, “what do you want me to do for you.”
Why not let Him know right now!
God’s blessings always,