Driving home this evening, the sun was on the horizon as dusk was fast approaching.
Another day would soon be past.
How many sunsets have I seen in my life?
God has blessed me with the beauty and grandeur of more than I remember.
Year after year, He has been faithful to me, whether I understood it at the time, or not.
Year after year, He has known the longings of my heart.
He has answered prayers, given me guidance, and restored me from illnesses both great and small.
God has also protected me from dangers that I recognized and from those that I was never even aware of.
He knows the deep desires of my heart for the salvation of those I love and the restoration of broken relationships.
While reading tonight about the healing of a man by Jesus, His question to the man went straight to my heart–“Do you want to get well?”
The man had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
Then, suddenly, he was healed.
Only the evening before, the sun had set as it had for thousands of times in his life, finding him to be unable to walk.
But not on this day–
This was the day of freedom.
The day of answered prayer for healing.
The day of salvation.
The day of restoration.
What have you been longing for?
Has it been thirty-eight years?
God is able to answer your deepest cries in prayer.
Do you want to get well?
Do you want others to get well?
Continue praying for them.
Tomorrow may yet be the day of healing…
Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “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.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”