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Interruption or Opportunity?

Anchor Devotional - 03.09.16


“Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ he asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’”

Matthew 20:32-33

How do you react to interruptions? I am one of those people who really focuses when I am working on something. While I am in that mode, I get irritated by interruptions, I must confess.

Jesus was interrupted a lot. As He was focused on going to Jerusalem (see Matthew 16:21), He was interrupted by two blind men shouting at Him because they wanted to be healed. The crowd tried to quiet them, but the two men only shouted louder. To me that would have been annoying, but to Jesus it was an opportunity. He stopped, called them over, had compassion on them and healed them.

What a great lesson! The time of Jesus’ suffering was near, yet He would stop everything to hear the request of two men in need to demonstrate the importance of compassion. This is the message of the cross. A merciful and compassionate Savior interrupted His glory in heaven for us (Philippians 2:6-7). In these weeks leading up to Easter, may we see life’s interruptions as opportunities to shine the light of our compassionate Savior!

Scripture Focus

Matthew 20:29-34

Insight

Be encouraged today knowing that Jesus, our compassionate King, does not consider our cries for help an interruption.

Read the Bible

  • Numbers 14-15
  • Psalm 68
  • John 9