Daily Devotional 3-13-20

Do You Desire a Change?
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

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

It is one thing to have a problem; it is another thing to desire help from your problem. Some people are so accustomed to their problems that they create a routine and rhythm of life out of their problems. Their problems become their new normal. They accept this new normal because of many failed relief efforts. Thus, promises of new life and hope are perceived as empty and futile. “There’s simply no need for new life; I’m okay, this is what it’s meant to be; I have people in my family who went through a similar experience,” they say.

It seems surprising that Jesus would ask a man who had been sick for 38years, and had laid at the pool without any sign of hope for all those years, “do you want to be made well?” In most of Jesus’ miracles, people’s consent and faith in him were important. By this, Jesus was involving them in the miracle and healing process. This is important because persons who have experienced protracted years of problems could have an indifferent attitude towards restoration.  How bad do you want that change?  How far can you go with your faith to reach out to Jesus for a situational change?

Hope is a gift that energizes our faith for change and results.

“Do you want to get well” allows us to recognize Jesus as greater than our problems. It allows us to affirm and confess our faith in Christ. This question grants us the opportunity to break free from doubts and unbelief that often time fight our breakthrough. It grants us the opportunity to embrace new life. 

So, do you want to get well? Where do you see suffering and struggles in your life and family? 

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, give me fresh eyes to see hope in problems around me.  May I see Christ as exalted high above all.