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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, May 13, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
After 38 years, this man’s problem had become a way of life. No one had ever helped him. He had no hope of ever being healed. The man’s situation looked hopeless. But no matter how trapped you fill in your infirmities, He can minister to your deepest needs. Don’t let a problem or hardship cause to you to lose hope. God may have special work for you to do in spite of your condition, or even because of it. Many have ministered effectively to hurting people because they have triumphed over their own hurts. (NLT)
John 5:1-9 – Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew how long he had been ill, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get there, someone else always gets in ahead of me.”
Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your sleeping mat, and walk!”
Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up the mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath day.
At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. –John 5:9 (NIV)
Sherri Tuck (Virginia) titled her story “NO ONE TO HELP;” here is a portion of Sherri’s story:
“. . . This passage from John’s Gospel reminds us that no matter how hard we try, some things cannot be accomplished without the help of Christ. Too often I have tried to succeed on my own, only to have someone ‘[go] down ahead of me.’ Eventually, Jesus has come along to tell me to ‘pick up [my] mat’ and to trust his way and his power for my life.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Christ stands ready to help me.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for being with us; we cannot make it on our own. Amen.
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