Do You Want Things to Get Better?

To read the Bible in a year, read John 5:1-24.
Jesus found a man in Jerusalem who was waiting to be healed of paralysis (John 5:1-4). Next this happened, “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?'” (vv. 5, 6). That may seem like an odd question, but not everyone wants to be made well, because if that person becomes well, he will have to fend for himself rather than having others do everything for him. Some people really do not want jobs because then they will have to take care of themselves and others. Some do not want forgiveness, for then they will have to start forgiving others, whereas they like holding grudges.
So, the Lord asks you, “Do you want to be made well?” Do not hasten to answer that question, but give it some thought.

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