1 Samuel 1:1-2:21; John 5:1-23; Psalm 105:37-45; Proverbs 14:28-29
“Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool…Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty- eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir”, the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” John 5:2-8
Fill in your own blank…want to get well? …get a job?… have children?…
The invalid didn’t even answer Jesus’ question.
He just gave Him excuses–which he probably thought were reasonable, logical, and obvious to everyone around him.
Why did Jesus ask that question?
I’ve wondered about that a lot.
Have you prayed for something and felt that Jesus was asking “Do you?”
I’ve sensed Him saying to me, “Lay aside your excuses. Just trust Me. I know what is best for you. Walk in faith…keep walking!
Lord God, you have seen me through a lot of ‘Do you?’ situations. You have come alongside me and given me your hand. You’ve provided in ways that I couldn’t have engineered on my own. Lord, I lay my life before you–lead me as you will–I want what you want for me. Help me to see it, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.