At first glance Jesus' question to the lame man by the pool of Bethesda seems nothing more than insensitive. If not that, at least it seems like there should be an obvious answer. The man was waiting by the pool, hoping that someone would help him in when the waters started stirring. After so many years of this not happening, it's surmisable that the lame man lost all hope and merely resided by the waters on a daily basis for lack of anything better to do. Perhaps when Jesus asked him the question, he didn't even know if he wanted to be healed any longer because that dream had left him years ago. From personal experiences, I think it can be easy to lose hope when, for long periods of time, there aren't answers to our deepest questions and greatest needs. It's easy to become discouraged. Jesus' question to this man serves as a reminder to us that ultimately He is in control, He is capable of healing, and He cares deeply for us. Is there anything in your life for which you need healing? Don't lose hope. It could be that the Savior will be surprising you in just a few more moments.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.