Daily Read - 1 Samuel 1:1-2:21; John 5:1-23; Psalm 105:37-45;Proverbs 14:28-29
When Jesus saw him lying there, he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him,
"Do you want to be made 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, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well,
took up his bed, and walked.
When man runs out of resources and places to turn, Jesus always breaks in on the scene to offer His services. Have you reached a place of wanting to give up in certain areas of your life? Are you weary in the process of waiting for the answer?
One can just imagine the pain this man endured as infirmity relentlessly ravaged his body for 38 years. Discouragement must have tormented him daily, not to mention hope deferred as he watched others always reaching the healing pools ahead of him.
Over and over, the waters would stir and he would somehow pull himself up and walk toward the pool knowing each step would produce excruciating pain throughout his body. Repeatedly, he would be turned away because someone else would rush ahead of him.
The disappointment alone would have driven most to give up and surrender to the sickness, but not this man. His faith kept driving him to the pools and suddenly, heaven responded. Among the multitudes, Jesus found this man and did what no one else could; He carried him into the healing waters of His love. When others pushed past him, Jesus embraced Him and made him whole.
Today, you may feel as though life keeps passing you by and no one cares about the pain and suffering you endure. As with the man at Bethesda, precious Jesus offers His services and asks a simply question, "Do you want to be healed?"
Having done all and realizing human intervention has disappointed, why not fall into the arms of Your Jesus and let Him carry You into the healing pools of the Holy Spirit.
He heard your heart cry and His arms are outstretched waiting for you to jump into His loving and healing embrace. Go ahead and run into His love.
What do you have to lose....nothing,
Take a few minutes and craft your own prayer to Jesus telling Him your heart and your desire to be free. Let Him carry you into victory! With your eyes closed, watch as He carries you deep into the waters of His presence
But you have everything to gain!