By Ray Steinkraus
HE CALLED OUT, “JESUS, SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME!” [LUKE 18:38]
When I was little, when I was in need of help for my problems, it was easy to call out to Mom or Dad to fix or help with whatever it might have been. As I grew older, I also asked for help from a teacher or friend (although sometimes reluctantly out of fear of being considered dumb or weak). When I became a parent, the role was reversed with my child now asking for help. Most times I could help him through my own experience or calling on others for help. However, I soon found out I did not have all the answers or the ability to help my son and really not even to help myself.
Everyone, I learned, comes to a place that they run out of answers and others to help. I also learned, and as this scripture show us, in the end there is only one person that can be counted on whether you are a beggar or a rich man. That is Jesus.
The story of the blind beggar receiving his sight also reminds us that we are spiritually blind and need the help of Jesus to give us our sight through His mercy. All we have to do is call out to Him.
QUESTION TO CONSIDER
What keeps us from calling out for mercy from Jesus?
Lord Jesus, open my eyes; help me to realize that you are always there for me. Give me the strength to trust your character and experience your mercy.