In God’s kingdom, what one sees defines what one is given. God said to Abraham:
“…lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” – Genesis 13:14-15
While what one sees (from the word of God) is very important; possession is not just about what one sees from God’s word; how one sees things or promises from God’s word matters a great deal to determine how one appropriates the promises of scriptures.
Those who see the commandments of scriptures as opportunities will always have the right responses to the demands. You cannot have the right responses to the demands of scriptures and not have the right results to show. No commandment of scriptures is a burden; every commandment of scriptures is pregnant with blessings. When scriptural commandments are obeyed, delivery of inherent benefits is provoked.
Bartimaeus (though physically blind) “saw” an opportunity to receive his sight when he heard that Jesus was passing. He cried aloud for help; in other words, he prayed heartily (James 5:16-17) against all odds to secure the Master’s attention. He got the Master’s attention; he received his testimony. Mark 10:46-52.
It is helpful to imagine that there were many other people that needed the Master’s attention for one form of healing or deliverance or the other in the same place Bartimaeus was but there was no record that any other person was healed there at that time other than Bartimaeus. Someone else may have seen a popular ‘Carpenter’s Son’ passing or one strange ‘young man’ that did mysterious things in the neighborhood but Bartimaeus saw an opportunity to be healed and he got healed.
For instance, Jesus Christ commanded us to pray always. Luke 18:1; I Thessalonians 5:17. He also gave us the structure of how the pattern of our prayer should look like in the model prayer. Matthew 6:9-10. In other words, believers should pray always without ceasing on kingdom promotion and advancement. Seeing this as an opportunity and a privilege would always provoke zeal and the right response from us. Doing this is a natural precursor for sweat fewer exploits in life’s adventure.
As believers, we must see praying for God’s kingdom and its interest on the earth (always and without ceasing) as both a privilege and a golden opportunity. This is scriptural wisdom that is above all. John 3:31.
Scriptures for meditation: Matthew 6:9-10; I Thessalonians 5:17
Jesus is Lord!