Thursday, September 12, 2019

"Obvious Need"

"And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight." Mark 10:51

This blind man was sitting beside the road begging, and when he heard that Jesus was passing by he began to cry out to Him. Jesus heard him and commanded that he be brought to Him. The next thing that Jesus did was very "interesting". He asked the blind man what he wanted Him to do for him. Wasn't that obvious? The man was blind, he needed his sight.

I have learned that the obvious need is not necessarily the greatest need. Sometimes the obvious stems from something else. Sometimes it's like the man who was paralyzed. Jesus told him that his sins were forgiven and he was healed. Evidently, this man not only had a physical problem- the obvious- but also a spiritual problem- not so obvious. I used to see this a lot at the recovery center when I would go minister there. You would think that their need was obvious- they need deliverance from drugs or alcohol. That isn't always the case. Often it is a deeper need that they have that needs to be dealt with. The addiction is the "surface" need. For many the real need is a need for Jesus to come into their lives and give them a new nature. Sometimes they need healing from the pain of something that happened to them in the past causing them to turn to the drugs to help "comfort" and "numb" the pain. Their real need is hid under the obvious need. Once the "root" of the problem is dealt with, the obvious is also taken care of.

What is your need this morning? Is it that thing that is obvious? Or is it something else that is deeper? Either way, Jesus is standing before you today with outstretched arms asking you the same question, "What do you want me to do for you? What do you need?" If your need is obvious, tell Him. If there is something else that is not so obvious, tell Him that too. Let Him meet the whole need- the real need.

Have a great day. Our needs are sometimes obvious, but not always. But Jesus will meet them all.

For further reading:
Mark 2:3-5
Philippians 4:13
John 16:24
James 4:3a
Matthew 7:7,8

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