Jesus asked, “Do you want to be healed?”
Dave Ramsey, in the first session of Financial Peace University, makes an observation about how badly people handle money, but are unwilling to make changes. He says, “We are like a baby in a poopy diaper. It may stink but it’s warm and it’s mine.”
The man whom Jesus healed had been begging for 38 years. He had grown very comfortable making excuses to not better his situation. The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” John 5:7
How many marriages, relationships and families live in a “poopy mess” and rarely take healthy steps to better the situation? How many difficult situations stay that way because we don’t seek help from the Lord? Specifically we don’t pray for strength to change behaviors that we know are detrimental, or simply sinful. Do you want to be healed? This is not a question stuck back two thousand years in biblical history. It is a question the Lord is asking each one of us because he loves us.
Prayer: Lord, soften and empower our hearts to seek your help and healing. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.