3. Do you want to get well?

This seemed like an odd question for Jesus to ask a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. The man had been lying by the pool of Bethesda waiting to be cured by a Spirit that would occasionally stir up the waters. Jesus wanted to know if the man knew what he wanted.

That man might have been so wrapped up in his unfortunate situation that he identified himself as “the one who has been here the longest” or “the one who was the worst off.” (John 5:1-15) If Jesus cured him, who would he be?

When we complain to God about our circumstances or give Him excuses as to why we are still in the same place, spiritually or emotionally, year after year, perhaps the question He still aims at our hearts is Do you want to get well? Do you want to move forward, spiritually? Do you want to make progress emotionally? Do you want to go to a new place where God can be your all-in-all, not the situation that you have let define you?

May our response to His question be: Lord Jesus, I want You. Open my eyes to see You for Who You are. Open my ears to hear Your voice. Heal my legs so I can follow You. Heal my heart so I can love You more.

4. Why are you so afraid?

In Matthew 8:26, Jesus asked His followers why they were so afraid their boat would overturn on account of some wind and waves, especially since He was right there in the boat with them. Certainly, if the Son of God was in their midst, they would safely get to the other side of the lake.

You and I have Jesus with us in every circumstance we encounter. Furthermore, He has promised to never leave us or desert us. (Hebrews 13:5) So, what are we so afraid of? I want my answer to be Forgive me, Lord, for fearing that anything is stronger than You or outside of Your control.

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