In Mark 10, we find an account of Jesus healing a blind beggar named Bartameus, who was in no doubt of his need, nor was he too proud to cry for help. Just as Jesus knew his need and heard his cry, so He responds to us in times of trouble. In this message, Alistair Begg encourages us with the truth that God knows who we are, understands what we need, and keeps His ear open to our cries.
46And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. 47And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” 50And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” 52And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.
What are the purposes of suffering and trials? Why does God allow them? Those around us might tell us that suffering is pointless, that we should ignore it or rise above it, or that karma is paying us back for a wrong we have committed. The Bible, though, gives a very different answer. Scripture clearly addresses suffering—both its presence and its purpose. (After all, no one suffered more than Christ, our Savior.) Its many examples of faithful men and women who encountered various trials demonstrate God’s hand at work throughout history and for His glory.
In this series, Alistair Begg address the difficulties and worries of life by turning our attention to God’s Word and His promises. We may be tempted to long for greener pastures, but amid life’s trials, God’s Word assures us that peace is found in Christ alone.
|Dealing with Stress|
|All The Lonely People||Mark 10:46-52|
|Casting All Your Cares||1 Peter 5:7|
|Down in the Valley||1 Kings 19:1-18|
|Jesus Calms the Storm||Mark 4:35-41|
|Suffering in the Believer's Life||Lamentations 2:20|
|If Anyone is Sick..., Part One||James 5:14-18|
|If Anyone is Sick..., Part Two||James 5:15|
|Making the Most of It||Genesis 39:1-7|
|Sweet Fruit from a Thorny Tree||2 Corinthians 1:1|
|So Do Not Fear||Isaiah 41:10|
|Celebrate Life!||Ecclesiastes 11:1-10|
|Sweet Fruit Revisited|