Luke 18:18-43; Genesis 31; Psalm 24
I tend to be demanding at times. I want things my own way. I expect others to change their ways to do things my way. It may seem like independent thinking, but I’m actually dependent on that response. I expect people to respond to me and give me what I need. Dependency is a tricky thing. In my case, it deals with the actions of others. For some, dependency becomes a material thing. A blind man begging on the road called to Jesus. He wouldn’t stop when people told him to stop. “Jesus stopped and called for the man to be brought to him. When he was present Jesus asked, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He said, ‘Lord, I want to see.’” (Luke 18:40-41) In the days of Jesus, people with physical disabilities had few choices other than to beg. They became dependent on others. When this man called out to Jesus, the prevailing wisdom was that he wanted Jesus to give him some money. Jesus took the time to ask him directly what he wanted. The choice might seem obvious today, but Jesus knew it wasn’t then. The choice to see was a dangerous one. It was safe to sit on the side and beg. People would take pity on a blind man. Gaining vision would put new responsibility on his shoulders. He would have to make a living himself. Did he have a trade? Did he lose his sight later in life? Who knows now? He was choosing to leave the warm cocoon of dependency and accept his responsibilities. Jesus empowered him to do that. Even today, God empowers us to accept our responsibilities towards our fellow man and be dependent only on Him. He gives the strength and power for life every day.
Lord, I am dependent on You. I need Your strength. I need Your power. I need Your grace every day. Give me these attributes so that I can accept my responsibility to my fellow man.