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Joni and Friends Devotional | 23 August 2022

Joni and Friends Devotional | 23 August 2022

Joni and Friends Devotional | 23 August 2022

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Joni and Friends Daily Devotional 23rd August 2022 Tuesday Message

TOPIC: When God Stood Still

He felt the excitement before he heard the sound. 

Something – someone – was coming down the highway. The noise of a crowd boiling out of the city gates. It was like a wave, about to break over the top of him. He was that close. 

“What is it?” he shouted. “What’s coming?” 

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A voice answered him from the darkness – the perpetual, all-encompassing darkness he had always known. 

“Jesus of Nazareth is coming this way.” 

He started yelling. Yelling like there was no tomorrow. Yelling until he thought his throat would split. 

“JESUS! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” 

A cuff came out of the darkness. A kick. Harsh, grating words. 

“Hush, you fool!” 

“Shut up!” 

“Hold your tongue!” 

“Can’t someone silence that man?” 

He paid them no mind, no mind at all. He only shouted all the more. 

Joni and Friends Devotional | 23 August 2022

“Son of David, have mercy on me!” 

The Nazarene stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” 

I’ve always loved that portion of Mark chapter 10. There have been many times when I’ve felt just like Bartimaeus, the blind beggar at the gates of Jericho. 

Somehow I’ve aimlessly wandered off the path God has put me on. I’ve sinned – maybe deliberately, perhaps thoughtlessly. And I feel so far from God. I picture myself lost in a crowd, pushed to the side of the road, groping in the dark. I want to find my way back to the right path but sometimes feel too ashamed or discouraged to even approach God in prayer. 

Also, I foolishly imagine God is busy somewhere else, tending to the prayers of other people who are more sincere, more valuable to the kingdom. 

When things get that way, I picture poor Bartimaeus – lost and going nowhere. And sometimes, even though I don’t shout, I feel like whispering the words. 

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Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. 

And somehow the hustle and bustle of the crowd stops. 

The Lord hears the call. 

I love those two little words that describe the action that Jesus took. 

And Jesus stood still… -Mark 10:49, KJV

The Lord actually stopped what he was doing. The God of the universe stood still and beckoned the poor beggar to be brought to him…simply because he asked for mercy. 

I’ve wondered why the Lord was so moved by this one man. Surely there were other beggars in the crowd, just as lost, going nowhere. But this man had cried out from his heart. He wanted mercy. And he sincerely believed Jesus could deliver him. 

That’s what I need to remember when I’ve wandered away from the path God has put me on…when I’ve carelessly ignored the truth. 

Joni and Friends Devotional | 23 August 2022

Hebrews 4:16 says that when we approach the throne of grace with confidence, we do so that first we may receive mercy. Only after that will we find grace to help us in our time of trouble. 

We needn’t fear that Jesus is busy elsewhere in his vast universe. Or tending to the prayers of the “super saints.” Right now if you sense a deep spiritual need, if you feel the weight of guilt or regret crushing your shoulders, remember that Jesus of Nazareth is passing by. 

Call out for mercy. And for you, God will stand still. 

“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” -Exodus 34:6-7 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. -1 John 1:9

Crying out for mercy is the easiest thing to do – we just utter the words. And it’s the hardest thing to do – we run up against the barrier of our own pride. But when we come to recognize that we are desperately needy and that our pride is the greatest barrier to fellowship with God, then we can let go of all pretense and bow humbly and gratefully before the Almighty. Humility is the complete opposite of pride – and it’s the most important foundation stone of a passionate faith.

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Joni & Friends Ministries Founded by Joni Eareckson Tada in 1979, Joni and Friends are dedicated to reaching out to families living with disabilities all around the globe with gospel-adorned hope. We extend gospel-centered care through Community Support, Respite, Retreats and Getaways, and Crisis Response. And we connect families with Christ-honoring, disability-friendly churches where they find a place belong.

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