Do you want to get well?

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Do you have friends who ask rhetoric questions? Those who find you reading and immediately ask, ‘what are you doing?’ You ask them for some money, and they immediately ask, ‘so you want some money?’ well, I have those friends and I have been that friend. I try my best to give the most sarcastic answer as possible. We laugh about it and they get the point. I believe if you see me eating bread, you shouldn’t ask ‘are you eating bread?’ that is why I answer, ‘no, I am eating meat!’ but it all depends with who is asking. Do we have such questions in the Bible?

In John 5:6 we are told of a man who had been sick for 38 years. 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?” Wait, seriously? Jesus, that is actually why he was by the pool, he is seeking healing. Yes, He wants to get well, it’s just that he never gets a chance. So the story gets more interesting, you would think after 38 years, if someone asked, ‘do you want to get well?’ he would shout ‘YES!’ In this case, it is not just anyone; it is Jesus asking the question, but instead, the man says “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Jesus knew that he meant ‘Yes.’ He said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The man thought that by explaining to Jesus how frustrated he was, maybe he would be the next one in line for the pool healing. He actually did not know that Jesus is the ultimate healer. He thought his only way to get healing was through the pool, and his main issue was that he did not have anyone to help him and other people keep going ahead of him. We later come to find out that sin was involved, as Jesus said to him “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” Jesus not only knew how long the man had been there, but also why he had been there. He did not ask ‘Do you want to get well?’ because he did not know. It is because He knew more to the story than meets the eye.

Jesus is asking you and I today if we would like to get well. May be we do, but the rich uncle is not picking our calls, maybe we do but the hospital is so far and we don’t have fare. Maybe we do but the physical church services have been suspended, maybe we do but the insurance company does not cover our sickness. Maybe we do want to get well in a specific way. Jesus does not bring healing from the places we expect it to come from. That is why they are called ‘miracles’ they are unexpected. Jesus does not need anyone’s approval, anyone’s number, any connection. He is the answer. He is the solution.

Today, surrender to God as you ask, allow Him to make you well in His ways. Do not lean on your own understanding. God knows you beyond that need, beyond that sickness, beyond that situation. He desires to make you well. Stop depending on the pool. Depend on Him.


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