PROVOKING ENCOUNTERS

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Luke 18:37,38 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

Encounters are of two forms: the first is where God invites a man into an alliance with him. We read in scripture about God appearing to Abraham and Moses, as well as calling Samuel as boy. These encounters were initiated by God himself.

However, when a person stretches out and extends their faith, it resonates at a frequency that is detected by the heart of the father himself, and He responds. This marks the second category of encounters which are provoked by earnest and yearning hearts. We see this in the story of Zacchaeus and today, that of this blind man.

He heard that Jesus was in his vicinity hence his cry rung out ‘son of David, have mercy on me’. For him, Jesus in his perimeter was the opportunity he needed for an encounter, and He indeed received one that changed his life.

Solomon’s offering of a thousand burnt offerings provoked that encounter with God through a dream where he receives wisdom,
Jesus’ fast in the desert provoked angelic assistance,
the church’s prayer for Peter saved his life when he was arrested and
a cry for help, restored the sight of the blind man.

It sounds gentle to wait for things to come to you, but there are moments when you have to make the first move. When you do, God will respond.

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