Posts Tagged ‘struggle’

Crazy question

Posted: December 4, 2012 in Devotions, religion
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This morning I am reading the Gospel of John and there is a passage that always makes my head spin. Jesus is in Jerusalem and goes to the pool at Bethesda. There are many people there that we would refer as disabled. The ESV uses the term invalid, the blind lame and paralyzed. They were waiting for a pool of water to whirl to get in and be healed. This is where this man was. He has had a disability for 38 years. Jesus asks him a question, “Do you want to be healed?”

This is where my head spins. This guy has been an invalid for 38 years and is waiting to be miraculously healed by a pool of water. This to me seems the act of a desperate man begging for normalcy. Why in the world would someone ask him if he “wanted” to be healed. Of course he wants to be healed! Or at least that’s my first impression. Obviously Jesus asked him for a reason.

His response was that no one was there to help him. That someone else gets to the water first. He never actually said yes. This baffles me. If someone asked if I wanted to be healed. If I had been struggling for 38 years. If someone had the nerve to ask such a question, I would want to yell at them of course. Why ask such a crazy question! Or would I?

I also take note that his particular disability is not named. We can infer that it may be something with his legs as he said he needed someone to put him into the water. In reality it’s not mentioned because it’s not important. What is important is that he needs healing.

I think the question,”do you want to be healed?” is a question we do need to ask ourselves. We can all look inside and see some issue we are struggling with. I’m not talking about a physical issue, but an emotional or spiritual issue. Do we really want to be released from our struggle, or as the man at the pool, are we making excuses because we have grown accustomed to the struggle.  That the issue is now the norm and for it to be taken away we may feel as though part of us is leaving?

John 5

The pool of Bethesda.


Obedience as a sucker punch

Posted: September 1, 2012 in religion
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Have you ever followed obedience and after taking the step get slammed with a surprise? I feel as though I am being attacked. Not by people. Not by God. We have taking many steps to say “yes Lord” and I feel punched.

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever experienced that? I am right now. I am reminded though, that God is our shelter. He is our refuge. That means He will protect you during the struggle. I am humbled to know that following God means allowing Him to provide.

There are times that we will follow God and we will have decisions to make. Sometimes, in the moment, the right decision feels as though you get punch in the throat. The timing and reprecussion may hurt at times. The glorious thing is that God will continue to lead you down the path that He needs you to go. He will be your shelter. He will be your strength.

God will never give you more than He can handle. Notice I did not say you can handle. God will give you more than you can handle. When you follow in obedience He may and probably will give you more than you can handle. This allows you to lean in God and experience more than you can imagine. That is my prayer.

I am proud of my wife. She is putting priority on God not comfort. She is choosing ministry over selfish provisions. I love my wife. I love serving with my wife. This softens the sucker punches that come. To serve God with a loving wife is a tremendous blessing.

God knows His plans for you. Plans for good not evil.