1 Samuel 1:1-2:21 John 5:1-23 Psalm 105:37-45 Proverbs 14:28-29
Verse of the day:
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6)
There is no such thing as a dumb question, at least when Jesus is the one asking.
One day Jesus walks by the pool of Bethesda and encounters a man who has been paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus asks a question that should have an obvious answer ‘Do you want to get well?’ Who wouldn’t want to walk after spending their life on a mat? But again, Jesus does not ask dumb questions. Indeed, there is much more to his question than meets the eye.
Do I really want to get well?
If the answer is ‘yes’ than change is required. I might have to give up my excuses. I might have to adapt to a different lifestyle. I might have to give up blaming others for my problems. I might have to take responsibility for my own life. I might need to release bitterness and offer forgiveness. I might need to let Jesus into an area of my life that’s been off limits.
Sometimes it’s easier to stay in our dysfunction. Sometimes we grow comfortable being sick. Jesus’ question remains to be answered today; ‘do you want to get well’?