Devotional March 7, 2017
Number 9 | Numbers 10 | John 5:1-18 | Psalms 27
Hey everyone! I hope you guys had a great start to the week. Sorry if I seem a bit off, but today feels like Monday to me, probably because I had off yesterday from work and today is my first day back from my Ohio trip. I had a good flight back and was so glad to be with my family. I had a great day with my kids yesterday. We hung out at the house a good portion of the day, but went to the park and did some shopping. I also got so cuddle with my new born, Saige. I missed her so much. She is growing up so fast.
I have to admit that with travel it really threw me off of my routine a bit. Bible reading and journal were out of whack, but I am catching up with my reading and am writing to you today. Overall this trip was a great experience and I got to meet and connect with new friends and old ones, but nothing beats being back home and doing the things that I love to do.
As I spent most of the morning catching up on my reading. There were many verses that caught my attention, but one really stood out for me. In the book of John 5:1-18 we find Jesus returning to Jerusalem and he finds a man that had been sick for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw him and asked him, “Would you like to get well?” It is hard to believe that this man would not immediately say yes without hesitation, because being on the other side, we all would have screamed yes, but to give this man the benefit of the doubt, he did not know Jesus. But let’s stop for a minute and ask ourselves if God continues till this day to ask us this same question, “Do you want to get well?”
I don’t think it’s a matter of wanting to get well, as much as I think it is a matter of knowing and recognizing that we are sick and need to get well. Many of us live day to day not knowing that we have issues, that we have problems, addictions, and/or burdens. We see others with problems, and compare them to ours and think to ourselves, “I can’t be worse than that!” Little do we know that are just as deep in the whole as they are.
I love that even with all the doubt, Jesus consistently pressed to heal this man and he did. Do you know that our God is relentless about reaching our hearts? I may not sound true because everything around us has fogged our perspective, but it true. Romans 8: 31-39 clearly explains God’s love and how much he loves us. Check it out.
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The next part is what truly grabbed me out this passage. Jesus says in John 5: 17 “My Father is always working, and so am I.” I can’t tell you how much I love this passage. Like I said earlier, our father is passionate about our hearts and will stop at nothing to have it all – Jesus clearly explains that. Jesus does not stop working in our lives. No matter how forward or backward you may be in your life, he does not stop. God continues to operate in and out of our lives whether we know it or not.