Do You Want to be Healed?

Rauna May

John 5:5 - 9 & 14One man there had been lame for thirty-eight years. Jesus noticed him and on discovering that he had been an invalid for so long, He asked the man: “Do you want to be healed?” The man replied: “Sir, there is no one here to help me get into the pool when the water is moved. Someone else always gets there before me, no matter how hard I try.” “Stand up!” Jesus said to him, “Pick up your mat and walk.” Immediately he was healed. He jumped to his feet, picked up his mat and walked away … Later, however, Jesus saw him in the temple and said to him: “Look, you are now healed. Turn from your life of sin, or something worse could happen to you.” 
Do you want to be healed? Seems like an undisputable issue. Of course this lame man wanted to be healed. He was persistent and exerted an effort to see it happen. But he expressed his frustration that no matter how hard he tried someone beat him to the water. Even though he indicated that he wanted to get well there were definitely some issues that would have to be resolved. Having been lame for thirty-eight years, he probably was a professional beggar. The curing of his disability would have meant that he could no longer legitimately beg as a lame man. This would seemly be a great exchange though—lame and able to beg or healed and the loss of the only “profession” he’d probably known.

Have you ever felt the way that lame man did way? I know I have. There have been times that I have felt that no matter how hard I try some else gets there before me. But it is times like that that make me realize that the issue is not what I can do but what He is able to do in me and through me. If it depended on my own abilities I would always be left sitting on the side waiting while some one else reached the goal before I could. I am so thankful that things don't depend on my limited ability but on His limitless capability. God is looking at the heart. The first thing He did was ask the man if he wanted to be healed.It is amazing how many people put on a semblance of wanting something but do nothing to attain it other than talk. Sometimes achieving what they say they are seeking means an entire lifestyle change. To most of us that would seem like a no brainer but for others it has proved to be a difficult decision. I know a person who was healed of a crippling deformity. When God healed him he quickly realized that he no longer qualified for his disability pension. When he received word that he would be cut off and needed to get a job he was furious. He actually stooped to blaming and cursing God. Very quickly he was back in the condition he started with his body completely contorted. How sad! But verse 14 did warn, "or something worse could happen to you.” But then on the other hand I know a woman who has set herself up for healing. Being totally blind she had a pension to live on for the rest of her life. However, she went and got training and, although still blind, she has a good job and has become free of her dependence on the disability checks she once received. She has positioned herself toward her freedom—spiritually and physically. Yes, if (or I should say when for as far as she’s concerned if is not even an option, it’s just a matter of when), when she is healed she will have to learn to read and write, as she won’t be able to carry on using her Braille books all the time. But I know she is looking forward to the day she only needs to carry around one book for her Bible rather than the approximately 20 volumes she has needed for her Braille Bible. I still pray regularly for her healing to take place and I do believe that in His perfect timing it will.

So the question is not really what I need accomplished, but whether or not I really want it and I'm willing to do what ever it takes. Do I want it enough to be willing to change anything in my life that might need to be adjusted? Do you? 
Dear Lord, help me to be willing in everyway, not just in words, for all that you desire to do in me and through me. I love you so much and desire Your highest for my life. In Jesus Name. Amen. 

Devotions for August 03

Nahum 1,2,3
John 5

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