Would You Like to Get Well?
- Created on December 8th, 2005
This may seem like a strange question, but it’s still one that we should consider. In the gospel of John 5:2 we read the story of the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda who was waiting to be healed of a sickness he had suffered for 38 years. This man was not only sick, but was surrounded by a crowd of other sick people. This had to be the most depressing scenario you could imagine. Jesus asked him an overwhelmingly obvious question, "Would you like to get well"? Why would he ask someone who had been sick for such a long time a question like that? Surely the Son of God should have known better? Was he being cruel or was he just insensitive to this man’s pain? Why didn’t he just make him well without the question?
The question seemed totally unnecessary. He obviously wanted to be healed, or did he? Let’s take a closer look at the question, "would you like to be well?" The impotent man answered him with an excuse; "I have no one to help me into the pool." Even though his answer had some truth in it, it was still an excuse. I find it interesting that even when solutions are offered to folks concerning their physical problems, many people find a host of excuses not to follow them. How often have we heard people say things like "I didn’t feel like taking that medicine, or I forgot, or I don’t feel like I need that, etc? The excuses I’ve heard seem almost endless. The question, "would you like to get well" seems to be a very appropriate one. If a solution is available and you fail to take that solution, you have said in essence "I really don’t want to get well." Jesus had to practically force the man to receive his healing.
I believe that sometimes God divinely touches people and heals them. I also believe that God also sometimes divinely provides medicines and other means to help us get well. What people should realize is that whether he touches you like he did the man in John 5:2, or he uses medicines, it’s still God. Learn to recognize the move of God however it takes place. God often works in natural circumstances as well as the miraculous. Please don’t be so spiritual you are unable to recognize the obvious. God may be as close as your medicine cabinet.