Do you cast aside your garment?

Have you ever been in that place of desperation where you needed something, and you needed it badly? When you are in that situation, who do you cry out to? When you need help, who do you go to? Do you go to your family, your friends, your pastor, psychologist, etc.? When we have a need met or an obstacle removed from our life, we can find comfort and solace in others. But we can find a solution to our situation only in one person. And that person is Christ.

In Mark 10 we find the story of a blind man called Bartimaeus. He wanted to have his sight. When he found out that Jesus was coming, he began to cry out. His earnest cry was heard by others, and they told him to be quiet. When they did, the Bible says he, "cried the more a great deal." He cried out to God for mercy. He kept calling, and calling. When Jesus heard him, he commanded that Bartimaeus be called.

When Jesus asked for him to be called, the blind man responded in an unusual way. Verse 50 reads, "And he casting away his garment rose, and came to Jesus." Think about that, how easily could a blind man find his coat? If it was beyond reach, it most likely was going to be almost impossible to find, especially in the street. This man not only cried out and went to Jesus, but he did so in faith. What a testimony!

When we need something, do we go to Christ alone? Do we cry out to Him, over and over again. Do we cry out in desperation and with no reserves?

I would like to challenge you. Whatever you need in your life, go to Christ. Cry out to Him. Go to Him. But more than all this, go to Him in faith. It is our faith that will enable us to receive the mercy from our Lord. If we go to Christ in faith for something we need to accomplish His will, he will say to us, like He said to Bartimaeus:

"Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole." – Mark 10:52

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