Do You Really Want to Be Well…Enough to do What God Has Already Told You to do…?
John 5 is talking about the Bethesda Pool. This is a place where many sick people would wait for an angel to stir the waters. Once that happened, the first person into the pool was healed. Jesus talked to a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years.
John 5:6 (ESV) 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
The man explained that he had no one to help him into the pool and when he tried to get to the pool alone, someone else always got in ahead of him.
You think Jesus already knew this? Then…why did He ask the question?
Maybe he was calling to the man’s attention that he had lost some hope…some determination. Maybe he wanted a little indignation to rise up in that man’s spirit so that he would be determined to do what Jesus was about to ask.
Jesus simply said, “Stand up, roll up your sleeping mat and go on home!”
He could have looked at Jesus and thought, “Did he not hear what I just said? Standing is near impossible and walking…well walking is out of my realm.”
Instead…he apparently did exactly what Jesus said and…did it right away. There is no mention of him hesitating or asking questions. The next versePerh says, “Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up the mat and began walking!”
Do you know that we can pray and pray for something and never do what is required to “get up” and allow God to bring about the answer to our prayers? Maybe it is a prayer to know our purpose. Maybe it is a prayer for a better marriage. Maybe it is a prayer to know when to speak and when to listen. Maybe it is a prayer for more energy.
Maybe the “rising up”…the first step…is something God has already told you and I to do.
He has told us to pray and spend time developing our relationship with Him daily. Within those steps is undoubtedly the discovery of our purpose through the little daily obediences.
Perhaps He has given you humbling steps to making your marriage better over time. Rather than consistently, lovingly, patiently handling the hard places in your marriage, are you ignoring His ways and taking on the “me theology” of our culture? Are you expecting a quick fix and then ditching the loving/humbling efforts…or are you handling your marriage and your other relationships like the ongoing journey that it truly is?
Maybe the prayer for more energy would be in following His wisdom each day about how you use your time. Maybe it is taking care of your body through good food and exercise and caring for your mind by seeking His face and His peace and wisdom consistently.
Maybe it is learning when to speak and when to listen. Daily, steadily, listening to and obeying His word and His Spirit within you when He says…
James 1:19-25 (ESV) 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.