Blind from birth. This man sat on the road doing all he knew to do. Beg for a living. He eked out a living on the generosity of others. But one day, He heard Jesus passing by. He cried out, “Son of David, have mercy on me.” Those around him tried to silence him. Perhaps his yelling out was undignified. Perhaps they found his desire to get a moment with such an important person outlandish. Perhaps because of his blindness he was considered a sinner and had no right to call upon a Man of God. I don’t know. The Bible just says, “He was sternly discouraged.”
But this man was desperate for a breakthrough; desperate to receive his sight. So he ignored the naysayers and called out even more, “Son of David, have mercy upon me.”
He was persistent. He refused to be denied. He knew there was only one who could heal him; only one who could restore him. So he pressed in until he had a breakthrough.
Jesus equates persistence to faith in several passages. In this story, Jesus tells the once blind man, “Your faith has healed you.” His faith was demonstrated by his unwillingness to take no for an answer, by not listening to the ‘dignified’, by persistently asking for his healing.
Where do you need a breakthrough? In your finances? Your health? Your marriage? An unsaved loved one? Don’t give up! Don’t allow the ‘dignified’ to talk you out of pursuing your miracle, to give up before you birth that which God has given you.
My friend told me of her difficult labor. She was in hard labor for 27 hours and when it came time to push, she was exhausted. She told the doctor, she had decided not to have the baby. She didn’t think there was anything left in her to push that baby out.
You may feel the same way this morning. You have prayed. You have stood on His Promises. You have laid hands on your own head, and still that baby has not been birth. You have the strength to push. It’s too late to abort that dream, to abort the promise of God. Keep pushing. Today my friend has a beautiful daughter. God gave her the strength to push and He will give you the same. Persevere, your breakthrough is on the way.
“And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.””
Luke 18:38-42 NASB