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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
Beggars were a common sight in most towns. Because most occupations of that day required physical labor, anyone with a crippling disease or disability was at a severe disadvantage and was usually forced to beg, even though God’s laws commanded care for such needy people. Blindness was considered a curse from God for sin, but Jesus refuted this idea when he reached out to heal the blind. (NLT)
Mark 10:46-52 – And so they reached Jericho. Later, as Jesus and his disciples left town, a great crowd was following. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road as Jesus was going by. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus from Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Be quiet!” some of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaues threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“Teacher,” the blind mam said, “I want to see!”
And Jesus said to him, “Go your way. Your faith has healed you.” And instantly the blind man could see! Then he followed Jesus down the road.
Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. –Psalm 9:10 (NIV)
Gail Fritz’s (North Carolina) story is titled “TESTING THE POND;” here is a portion of Gail’s story:
“Growing up, my brothers and I loved to skate and play hockey on the frozen pond near our house. . . .
“For me, trusting God has been similar to my pond experience. Even though I know that God, like the solid ice, can bear the weight of my burdens, I can still be tentative about transferring them. I have to remind myself that Jesus Christ has gone before me and shown me that it is safe to rely on God. Not only is it safe, but it can also be freeing and even exhilarating!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can handle the weight of my burdens.
Prayer: Dear steadfast and loving God, trusting you doesn’t always come easy. Please forgive us when we doubt, and help us to trust you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/