Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet…
VISION is what will attract a GUARANTEED Provision into your life, and PERMANENT solution to lack of any sort; yet lots of men will resist you and do everything possible to ensure you don’t walk with yours, but to rather have you as dependant on theirs.
The greatest resistance and sharpest disapproval to your pursuit for vision will come from men; especially people you perceived to be and think are your HELPERS. Men you have accredited as supporters will disapprove of your demand for vision.
Know this: people upon whom you depend may not want you to get better.
As you begin to genuinely seek God through Jesus Christ for His kingdom, so that all associated blessings and promises may follow you; many will warn you and say to you “Keep quiet!” and stop making a fool of yourself.
Matthew 6:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)
But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also –This is a CALL unto the QUEST for VISION.
When blind Bartimaeus began his quest for vision, the people around him who “led the way” – NIV, men who had their own vision around him, “those who went before” – NKJV, WARNED him, some REBUKED him, and some BLOCKED him.
Many people around blind Bartimaeus sharply rebuked him and strongly resisted his outcry for vision, and opted to give him arms to shut up his eyes forever.
As for you, how many times have you allowed men to shut up your outcry for vision with intimidation, and substituted your permanent security with temporary serenity with help pills.
Like Esau, they take away your birth right with a plate of portage and lentil stew.
Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!”
People will always resist you from reaching out for your birthright in God, and always attempt to suppress your blessings when you don’t consider the vision for your destiny precious beyond a plate of immediate but temporary help.
Why will they rebuke a man like blind Bartimaeus crying out for permanent help?
Jesus Christ, who has power to bring about a permanent solution to his problem was passing by, yet they told him to keep quiet; If they actually wanted something better for him, for what reason would they attempt to shut him up and off?
It’s simply obvious that they preferred to always have him depend on their own vision, and never wanted him to be like them; they enjoyed to always have him begging for their help, and never wanted him to join the exclusive league of helpers; they subtly delighted in seeing themselves as his daily saviour upon whom his daily survival hangs on, and never wanted him to really come out of poverty; so that each passing day, they can always drop crumbs for him to survive.
Anyone on a quest for vision MUST brace up for persecution; especially from close allies. When you become desperate for a definite cause for your life and in pursuit of a certain purpose for living, you will face sharp disapproval and strong resistant from ACCREDITED helpers.
Do not expect SUPPORT or agreement from people that have hitherto supported you, rather many of them will become your first objects of strong conflict against your outcry for vision –PREPARE FOR RESISTANCE.
When David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men –about HIS VISION TO KILL GOLIATH, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”
You must realise that people around you, just as with David and Bartimaeus, will diagnose your pursuit for vision as foolish Arrogance, and brand you with expensive Stupidity, and even some with illusive Insanity. Consequently, they will do everything possible to silence you; prepare your mind for action.
WAKE UP CALL!
Many will go as far to quarantine you and exact every pressure to block your chances, and even some will withdraw all privileges and support from you –PREPARE FOR ISOLATION.
The HIGHWAY of vision is a Lonely PATHWAY. It is Not a Straight Line Either. There are twisted and curved lines called failure, confusion, friends, enemies, family and mistakes. But, by arming yourself with weapons like Persistence Faith, and Focus Patience, you will make it to a place called FULFILMENT
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay.
STATEMENT OF REALITY!
In the fullness of time, your Vision will speak and attract great Followership; that is, many will be attracted by the light of your vision and seek a Fellowship –a cover under your shade of Glory.
I decree, that God will disappoint anyone that rejoices over your affliction and against your uplifting in Jesus name!
God will raise you up against and above every suppression and against every oppression in Jesus name!