It is an insult for you to find a man sick and suffering for many years, then ask them if they want to be healed and made whole. Yet this is what happened when Jesus came across a man who had been sick for over thirty years. The man came up with an explanation for his predicament to which Jesus issued some fresh instructions. Our willingness and obedience is an integral part of receiving the miracles of God.
The standard is still the same today. Are you willing and obedient? You will eat the good of the land. God will give you instructions that are embedded with whatever miracle you need. Following those instructions sets you up to receive your miracle. Obviously the issue at hand is the fact that we all want miracles at our terms. We want what God has to offer but not what He requires. We want to continue with a certain lifestyle on one hand and our miracle in the other hand. There are even times when people have just passed on the miracles of God because they are not willing to do life by the standards of God, like the wilderness generation.
SCRIPTURE READING: John 5:1-9 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep [Gate] a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 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?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
DEVOTION PRAYER: My God, as your child I receive your divine instructions today. I receive that miracle in willingness and obedience, amen.