8/20/12 Dose

FOR MONDAY             TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:  John 5:1-18

 A certain man was there who had been sick for thirty-eight years.   When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”  (John 5:5-6; Common English Bible)

Have you ever heard (or participated in) a conversation like this:  One says, “What do you want to do?”  The other replies, “I don’t know.  What do you want to do?” Then after the first one concurs “I don’t know what I want to do” … nothing is done.

For 38 years, this man had been sick – for decades he had been laying around this pool, supposedly waiting for an opportunity to be healed of what ails him.  Then Jesus comes along and asks him a strange but all important question:  “Do you want to get well?”  If the man couldn’t find his “want-to” his paralysis would continue.

The question before us each day has to do with our finding our “want-to”.  What do YOU want to happen today?  More importantly, do you want what God wants for you this day?  If you do, then get up and face this day with a confident expectation in the wonderful ways God will bless you and bless the world through what you are willing and wanting to do.

Prayer:  Lead me into this new day, Lord of Life, with a willing spirit to seek your healing word and respond with faith.  Amen.

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