John 5:5 “And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.”

John 5:6 “When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?”

…From yesterday…

Some historians said, there were powerful men by the Pool of Bethesda whose job is to throw people into the pool. You pay them to get you in as fast as possible and they do. I want to believe that poverty was part of this man’s problem as well, both physical and mental poverty.

I tried asking myself the options opened to him to get healed if indeed he was “willing” and came up with a few: He could have constructed a mini boat and live on the water! He could have saved some money from his feeding allowance to settle the “power men” by the pool.

He could have borrowed money to pay them as well. But the truth is that he eats at the pool side but will not pay the “power men”. Just like many believers today, who doesn’t want to pay any price for what they want.

He could have prayed and fasted as well! He even had the option of making enquiries about Jesus. Many people have heard of the fame of Jesus like blind Bartimaeus but this man refused to find out options. He could have gotten creative about his healing but everything still boils down to lack of willpower.

When you’re willing, there will definitely be a way. Willpower is a very strong determination to do something, especially something difficult. It is that strength of the will to carry out one’s decisions, wishes, or plans against overwhelming odds.

I once read the story of an engineer named John Rambling. In the year 1883, he came up with the idea of building a grand bridge to connect New York and Long Island in America.

When he talked to other engineers about this, they made fun of him and tried to convince him not to do such stupid work. Everyone said that it is impossible to build this bridge!

To be continued…

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