|Yesterday we discussed possible reasons why the invalid man at the Pool of Bethesda made excuses for not receiving his healing when Jesus asked, “Do you want to get well?” Perhaps he would have lost his community of friends or the handouts he received from the pity of others. He told Jesus “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.”
You’ll notice he doesn’t simply say yes, I want to get well! You’d think if Jesus, this famous Rabbi, asked, “Do you want to get well?” he’d say yes, please heal me! However, he doesn’t say that. He comes up with a list of excuses and reasons why he couldn’t get in the water. Interestingly, every decision we make in life is often the result of a thousand renunciations. Understand that every decision you make for God, your family, your life, your own personal growth, and for who you want to be, involves a process in which you are rejecting other things. Every “yes” in your life was a thousand no’s before it. This is why turning away from something that keeps you ill or stuck can sometimes be difficult.
Friend, there is freedom waiting for you in the hands of God! If you have been healed but still find yourself struggling, then pray to the Lord and cry out to Him for help. No matter what challenges you face, He will be with you and give you the strength to overcome them!