Do you want a fresh start, a new future? This will require seeking and following a new direction—one that comes from God.
You’ll never change your future until you change your destination. And you’ll never change your destination until you change the direction you’re going.
The blind beggar in Luke 18 presents a good example. Seated by the wayside, begging, he asked those around him about an unusual commotion and was told that Jesus of Nazareth was walking through Jericho. Hearing this welcome news, the beggar cried out, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.” Even though those around him, embarrassed at what they perceived to be an unwelcome distraction, tried to silence him, he was persistent in his cries. His decision not to remain quiet resulted in receiving sight and a new future from Jesus.
Jesus commanded those present to bring the blind man to Him. Then he asked what at first strikes us as a surprising, perhaps even ridiculous, question: “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied simply, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”
Jesus desires a new life for each one of us—but we need to want it too—badly enough to pursue Him, to run Him down and ask for it, no matter how obvious the request may sound. For only those who ask will receive.
- “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3)
- “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
- “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.” (James 4:2)