THE POWER OF A QUESTION
“’When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?’” John 5:6 (ESV)
(John 5: 1-9)
Each of us has found ourselves in a predicament outside of our control. The world is full of people who are hurting due to their situation. This passage seems to place Jesus right in the midst of a desperate situation. A man had been waiting for 38 years in a situation where he could not heal himself. In fact, he found himself by a pool with supernatural power hoping to find an answer. The dilemma in this passage of Scripture is that this man had an answer in front of him. Jesus, the healer of all, was standing in front of him and he did not even know it. This man’s condition made him ripe for salvation, and all that it entailed, both physical healing and life healing. The powerful moment for this man and us in our lives is Jesus always enters our situation and presents an option we’ve never thought of before. Jesus asks him if he wants a change in his situation. We as believers need to hear the Lord inviting us to change.
The power of a question leads us to the option to receive the change that we desire. One question can bring us to a point where we honestly respond and in our response we are led to the change we need. Jesus brings us questions and he knows only he can be the answer. What questions has he been asking you lately that the answer hasn’t been him?
Practical Application: Ask a friend or family member, “What is it that you want in your life?” When they respond, follow up the question with asking them how Jesus could answer their request.