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.