What’s missing in your life? What’s missing in your life that you are letting define you? If you will only listen like Bartemeus you can receive what you are missing. We have something from God that can get us what we’re missing and it is called faith.
In Mk. 10:46-52 we have the story of blind Bartemeus. Jesus passed through Jericho and a blind man sat by the road side begging. When he heard the crowd going by he asked what was happening at which they said Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Bartemeus, the son of Timaeus (which is short for Timothy, “one who fears God”) begins to cry aloud at the top of his lungs, “Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. He keeps on shouting and even though the crowd tries to get him to be quiet he won’t shut up. When Jesus heard it says He stood still. Jesus didn’t call for him because he cried aloud at a high volume but to call someone son of David was the equivalent of calling someone the Messiah (the promised descendant of David who would save his people from their sins, heal, deliver and open blind eyes Isaiah 35:5,6). The crowd called him Jesus of Nazareth, a local boy, Bartemeus called Him the Messiah, the One God sent from Heaven.
Jesus asks him what he wants (v.51) which is almost like giving someone a blank check to fill in the amount. He did the same thing in the previous chapter (10:36) to the sons of Zebedee but they didn’t get what they asked for but Bartemeus did. He said that he might receive his sight. What made the difference? Jesus tells us in (v. 52) “… thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight….” His faith is what made the difference, not Jesus’ faith, not Jesus’ power, not God’s sovereignty but rather Bartemeus’ own faith.
Many think like the crowd that Jesus doesn’t want to be bothered by their problems but He does; but it is not our problems that will get His attention. It is our faith that will make Him stand still. Bartemeus didn’t need eyes to get to Jesus, only faith. Faith will always get His attention. Faith always attracts the attention and favor of God. Faith is the magnet that draws God’s attention. The seasons and circumstances of our life will always change every time we decide to use our faith.
Bartemeus didn’t realize at first what he had. He was used to being defined by what he didn’t have and by what he was missing, his sight. That’s why he was called “blind Bartemeus.” He came to realize what he did have, which was faith, could get him what he didn’t have (his sight). It all happened because he heard of Jesus and happened to be listening. What you do have can get you what you’re missing.
You do have the measure of faith Romans 12:3.
You do have the spirit of faith 2 Corinthians 4:13.
You do have access to the word of faith Romans 10:17.