Thursday, May 30, 2013

God Will Hear Your Sincere Cry

Remember that awesome account in scripture of the blind man determined to receive his sight? It's recorded in a couple of places.  The book of Mark identifies the man as "blind Bartimaeus", but I like the account from Luke 18:35-43 a bit better because, by not being identified in it, the man fits the circumstance of anyone looking for Jesus, bound by any kind of blindness, in any area of life. Here’s the scripture:
35 Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” 42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God."

Friends, our Daddy will no more refuse the heart of His creation calling out to Him in sincerity than you would ignore the vocal alarm of your own progeny sincerely asking for help, whether they're saved or not.
He will always lift up His eyes to those in need, truly asking of Him and truly seeking His mercy, forgiveness, and understanding.  That’s how we all got saved, isn’t it?

The Lord says, "... he who comes unto Me, I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37)

A Common Plea

I’ve always loved the Crystal Lewis song entitled “Change My Heart” because, for everyone, salvation begins with that outcry in declaration of our undone condition before Him. Before we’re saved and afterward, this same contrition leads us to fruitful life in Him. There’s no way any one of us hasn't said these words in one form or another in our walk with Him:  "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Or, as it is so poignantly put in Lewis’ song:

“Change my heart, O, God - from the sinful state it’s in 
to the state YOU want it in - I want to please You.” 

All of the Redeemed have walked on that road, and it’s exactly what God wants.

If you haven't already - cry out to Him today; He won't chastise you.  If you've got a burden on your heart, He will hear you and lift you up. He will lovingly forgive and save the sin-sick soul and will strengthen and guide the steps of those already belonging to Him.

Don't be afraid.

My mother used to say, “King Jesus is listening all night long just to hear some sinner pray.”  That’s true, but He’s also listening, always, just to hear ANYBODY pray!

Saint and sinner alike all need Jesus.  Beloved, reach out your hand to Him today.  He will gladly receive it. 

Take it from one who knows...

"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)