John 5: 6-8
When Jesus saw him laying 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.”
It is interesting that Jesus first asked the man “IF” he wanted to get well. After Jesus hears the man’s response, he gives the lame man a command, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Jesus first addresses the issue whether or not the man wanted help. Sometimes people don’t want help from their situation, or they don’t believe anyone “can” help them. How many times do we sit and wallow in our frustrated lives, but when someone asks if we need or want help, we don’t move?
This man does want help and then Jesus gives him a command, “Get up!” Jesus could have touched the man, or merely said, “Be healed”, but instead Jesus called for an action, “Get up!” Sometimes, our faith moves us, but other times we must take action and move when Jesus says to move.
Are you wrestling with such an issue right now? Is Jesus calling you to release control of your child, but you keep holding on for dear life? Is Jesus asking you to submit to your husband, even though you do not see His wisdom? Do you feel an urging from God to get your finances in order, even though you do not see how God will deliver you? Do you want to get well? Do you want to find peace? You may need to take action and take that step of blind faith.
Give me the courage to follow You wherever You lead me. Give me the discernment to know when You are speaking to me. As I take a step of blind faith, gird me up with Your love and grace and hold onto me ever so tightly.
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