Just Say Yes

by APC on August 07, 2019

I’ve seen my fair share of doctor’s offices. Each time I visit, it’s mind-boggling to me that I spend 10 minutes with the nurse recalling every detail of my health history, symptoms, meals I ate last month, etc. Then the doctor asks me the gambit of questions all over again. I’m also flabbergasted with some of the inquiries, as the answer couldn’t be any more obvious. You could be bleeding from both ears, and they’ll look at you and ask, “So, what seems to be the problem?”

I’m sure there’s a valid reason for why they ask all these questions. But when I don’t feel well, I sure get agitated when I’m asked the same questions more than once. Interestingly, of all the questions I’ve been asked with plainly, obvious answers (at least to me), I’ve never once been asked, “Do you want to get well.” Realistically, isn’t that an important one? Or, do people show up at the doctor’s office, hospital, etc. with absolutely no intention of getting better?

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 (John 5:6, KJV, emphasis added).

In Jerusalem, Jesus arrived at the Bethesda pool. All kinds of infirm people were strewn about because once a year an angel of the Lord would come down and stir the waters. The first one who took the plunge would receive instant healing. It’s obvious that those who were still around hadn’t been healed.

Jesus approaches one man, sick for 38 years. He asks him one, simple question: Do you want to get well?

If Jesus asked me this question, I might need to check my spirit (just as I do when I go to the doctor’s office). Why else would I be sitting by the pool? Isn’t it obvious? But, as Jesus asked the question, I ask this same proverbial question to all of us today. Why are we sitting by the pool?

Not everyone is looking to be made whole from the Healer. Many people are content with their sickness because they’ve made it a part of their identity. When engaged in conversation, they like talking about their infirmity; they like sympathy and attention. I don’t think people choose to be like this, but when sickness extends for period of time, our mindset shifts. We think there’s nothing else to talk about because the pain has consumed us. We think we can’t be healed because our sickness has become a part of who we are.

Additionally, some people ironically have an excuse for their sickness. Consider the man’s response to Jesus. Scripture tells us he answered and said, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me” (John 6:7, KJV). This isn’t what Jesus asked him. What ever happened to answering with a simple, “Yes?”

How hard is it for us to say, “Yes” when God asks if we want to get well? You think it’s easy? Alright—How often do we stay in our state of infirmity when the preacher calls for prayer? Do we go up or stay in our seat? When we pray, how often do we exercise our faith and actually believe God will heal us?

Trust me when I say I haven’t personally grasped the simplicity of this truth. When we’re sick and hurting, God’s only looking for a simple answer to His simple question. Yes, we want to be healed. Yes, we want to be made whole. Yes, we want God to work in our lives. Yes, we will believe.

Yes is a simple answer, and we need to ask God to help us give this response. Don’t let the devil to convince you being sick is who you are. Don’t give an excuse for it. Just say, “Yes” and see your miracle.