Desire vs. God’s Divinity
In Mark 10:46-52 there was a man by the name of Bartimaeus. He was blind and was sitting by the side of the road. He knew that Jesus was passing by and yelled out to Him because he knew that Jesus could do something about his situation. But what he called Jesus is what catches Jesus’s ear. He yelled out, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” No one had ever referred to Jesus as the son of David prior to this time. What does that mean? It means Bartimaeus knew God’s word. He knew that Jesus was from the lineage of David and was the prophesied Messiah. He was in a position where he recognized who Jesus is. He knew the word and it wasn’t his sole desire to be healed but to also be near Him just because of who Jesus is.
Many of us often miss out on Jesus because we look out for what He can do for us. We see His main objective as fulfilling our wishes, our will, our purpose. But that’s not what God’s word tells us. Jesus is God and God alone. He does what He wants. We answer to Him. His obligation is to His kingdom and His word. Praise God that we benefit from it but we must recognize who Jesus is.
In verse 51, Jesus asked Bartimaeus, “what do you want me to do for you?” And Bartimaeus responded by asking for his sight. If Jesus finds someone who understands who He is and submits to His will then He can acknowledge that person’s faith and grant the desire. Bartimaeus’s faith and leading with his knowledge of who Jesus is caused Jesus to grant his desire of receiving his sight.
Our 1st priority is to recognize and understand who Jesus is. We need to start with what God wants, acknowledge who He is, and align ourselves with Him and He will grant the desires of our hearts because He knows we won’t use it to glorify ourselves but to glorify Him. Let’s begin to honor God’s divinity!