March 4, 2019
THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO US DEVOTIONAL
“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time
in that condition, He said to him, ‘Do you wish to get well?’ The sick man
answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is
stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’ Jesus said to
him, ‘Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.’ Immediately the man became well,
and picked up his pallet and began to walk.” John 5:6-9
ARE YOU STAYING STUCK?
The Bible and legend said that the first person to enter the pool after the
water ripples would be healed. You can imagine that this pool attracted the most
desperate, with many fighting for a spot by the water’s edge – they would just
sit there watching, waiting, hoping. In a place overflowing with need, one man
caught Jesus’ eye. He had been paralyzed for 38 years, this man waited daily by
the pool hoping for a miracle.
“Do you want to get well?” Jesus asked the man. The question seemed bizarre and
the answer, well that was obvious. But Jesus knew human nature. For 38 years,
people had been bringing him to the pool. He had become dependent on others.
Being healed meant taking responsibility for himself. The man became defensive.
“It’s not my fault, no one is here to help me into the water,” he explained. He
was understandably frustrated, probably feeling stuck. But, in playing the
victim and blaming others for his circumstances, he almost missed Jesus’ life
changing offer – Yes that of healing.
Can’t we all relate? When things are hard and we feel stuck – isn’t it easy to
become depressed, give up and give in to the hand life has dealt us. Looking for
someone to do things for us so we can then blame things on them? Maybe we’ve
been disappointed time and time again and accepting current circumstances seems
less painful than hopes crushed. Maybe the situation really is unfair or out of
your control – an illness, a sudden layoff, broken trust – you are the victim.
Sometimes it just seems safer to stay where you are, Yes just to stay stuck.
So, what does Jesus ask of us when our lives feel stuck? “Get up, pick up your
pallet and walk.”
“Get up” – Believe in the person of Christ Jesus, in His promises, in His truth.
“Pick up your pallet” – Take responsibility for yourself.
“Walk” – Have the faith to walk away from your old self as you journey through
life with Jesus.
No matter life’s circumstances, Jesus offers a way out: hope and eternal
salvation that overcomes every sickness, obstacle, and disappointment life has
to offer. I agree sometimes we may not like the answer to our problems, but
Don’t just wait by the pool hoping for a miracle. Seek out the miracle worker
Thank you Lord my God for the miracle
of You coming into my Life and making
it worth living. Amen
Trust in Christ Jesus
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