In a Merciless Place Waiting for a Chance—Day 4

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In a Merciless Place Waiting for a Chance—Day 4 John 5: 1-15 “A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get 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.” What do we do when we have been waiting for a change, and our change is not coming quick enough? Today our devotional centers on Jesus asking the lame man if he wanted to be made well and the lame man is focused on his healing coming from the pool. He was looking for his healing to come from the pool because he did not know who was in front of him. How often are we looking for our chance or opportunity to come from a particular place only to be...

In a Merciless Place Waiting for a Chance—Day 3

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In a Merciless Place Waiting for a Chance—Day 3 John 5: 1-15 “In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, waiting for the moving of the water.” Today our devotional focus magnifies Christ’s compassion. Jesus visited a part of the city most people avoided. How many of us would visit a place saturated with such sickness, disease, and helplessness? Most of the population in that day would avoid places like this because of fear of becoming contaminated and violating ritual purity. Jesus intentionally went to see this man who was in need of His compassion. It is so good that our merciless place is not off-limits to our Savior. We serve One who is willing to go out of His way to see about us. For this reason, believers should live with hope no matter where we find ourselves. To the elite in society, the sick, blind, lame and withered were...

In a Merciless Place Waiting for a Chance—Day 2

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In a Merciless Place Waiting for a Chance—Day 2 John 5: 1-15  This particular biblical account recorded in the Gospel of John is one where Jesus encounters conflict and controversy from the religious leaders because He heals a lame man on the Sabbath. Keeping the Sabbath was a pervading theme in Jewish life, and here it is, Jesus heals a lame man and has him carry his bed on a day no one was to work. As we meditate on Jesus breaking the traditional norm to share mercy upon one in desperate need of mercy, this reminds us that our Lord is not bound or limited by religious traditions nor social or cultural practices. Our Lord answers to no one. So, what He has to do to deliver us, or how He decides to bless us and when He brings us relief is not based on someone else’s opinion. If it were left up to others, according to their shortsightedness, the lame man should have been denied...

In a Merciless Place Waiting for a Chance

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In a Merciless Place Waiting for a Chance John 5: 1-15 We begin this week’s devotional series with a question. What do we do when our problems have been hanging around for a long time and there appears to be no prospect of help coming? Not only has the problem been around for a while with seemingly no probability of change, but there is nothing we can do about our problem. One of the most difficult positions to be in—a time of immense inner testing. Our problem will not go away and we cannot fix the problem. Despite popular belief, we cannot fix all things and some things we have to put up with while we wait for our change to come. Question: How well do you handle waiting especially when there is no visible sign of change or certainty change will come? The Christian life is one marked by the ability to have faith in God even when our problem appears to have no solution. Our...

Clay In The Master’s Hands—Day 5

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Clay In The Master’s Hands—Day 5 Jeremiah 18: 1-4 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, Arise go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.” As we conclude this week’s devotional, the one thing that captures my attention is, “God can do with people what a potter does with clay.” Having five children, I have seen my share of clay in their little hands. From dishes to superheroes, and most recently, Yana made me a cake using clay. Yana asked, “Do you like this cake I made for you?” I asked, “What kind is it?” she replied, “What kind do...