This is crucial because our lives get messed up by so many things, and it is a question that can keep us turning in our beds, because we all struggle with sickness at one point in our lives. It could be anything from a headache to a toe pain, alcohol issues, drug problems, depression, etc.
He asked the above question to a paralyzed man who was trying to get in the water for a healing. He performed a miracle on him when he saw his persistence. We can learn from him that to get a good result we have to persevere, especially where faith in Jesus is concerned. For spiritual healing is better than physical.
In most cases we get well physically, because we want to get well and more importantly because God wants us to get well for a purpose. For example, Jesus healed all those who desired to get well. So when Jesus asked this question, he goes even deeper than physical healing, which is our inner-being (spiritual). When we are healed spiritually we can handle anything. The Bible gives us instructions to aid our healing. When we get transformed by the word of God, that’s our healing, for example, unhappy marriage can be transformed by the word of God when both parties adhere to its guidance. A drug addict or dealer can be transformed if they are willing to change. The fear of God also helps us to transform.
When our lives get messed up by our actions, he asks the same question. When we are burdened by problems, he asks the same question. And he also says, ‘come to me all those who are weary and burdened and I’ll give you rest’. Mathew 11:28 When Jesus is in your life, you can relax even when things get too tough and are beyond your control. God does not allow things in our lives beyond what we can bear. He only allows things which are common to man. But every one’s cup is different, which means our problems differ.
When we face a problem God provides a portion of strength to help us handle a particular problem. But the reality is however, most of our problems are solved by following his wisdom. There are times when we focus too much on our problems, and the more we focus on them the bigger they become, thus creating even more stress. I used to do that! Nowadays though, my attitude is different, I focus more on his counselling. And the Bible is brilliant, when it comes to solving a lot of our issues. When God sees that we are taking in his counselling by faith, he energises us. It is amazing, the best thing I have ever done, and I wouldn’t exchange for any amount of money.
Some people say, reading the Bible is difficult. It is not that difficult if you have faith and the right attitude. Now days, I even use my finger along each sentence. Starting with the New Testament is easier. Taking your time, line by line, chapter by chapter is crucial to gain understanding; for it is not just a book, it is God’s letter to us – a revelation of his thoughts. In the Old Testament, He wants us to understand what happened before Jesus. The New covenant of Christ is the final fulfilment of his plan. Jesus said, ‘He is the Alpha and Omega’. (The beginning and the end) So reading it carefully with a humble attitude, is the key to knowledge and understanding. It is a Book of Life, a way to Salvation. Having God Almighty and Jesus in our lives is something special and it carries no regrets because it is all good. According to the scriptures, nothing in life will ever surpass that.