Sadly, some people love their illness or bondage or disability too much to even want [much less seek or accept] healing or deliverance. It was upon the basis of this fact (about some people) that Jesus engaged a disabled person with a prophetically insightful question:
“Here a great number of disabled people used to lie: the blind, the lame, the paralyzed…
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?‘”
~ John 5:3-6
For those who are sick or disabled and who DO want to be healed, this question seems almost insulting. But, for the person who has fallen in love with their condition, they present excuses for why they haven’t or won’t be healed or delivered. If you read the rest of the story in John 5, you will see that this man also replied with a couple excuses for why he wasn’t healed. It was always someone else’s fault, or the lack of help from others.
Why would someone “love” their chronic illness or disability? For some, they love the victim mentality, feeling sorry for themselves. For others, it is a means of avoiding responsibility for themselves or family. And for still others, it might be an excuse for laziness and a means for unearned income, minimal though it may be.
This “love” for their chronic disabling condition is very different from the other disabled person who is innocently facing the normal moments of fear or anxiety of the new horizons that healing and deliverance would present: rebuilding a new job or career; rebuilding their marriage relationship that suffered from their physical or emotional absence due to illness; reintegrating with their local church and ministry, etc.
But for those who have fallen in love with their chronic illness or disability, it is critical that they approach Jesus with a humble and contrite heart, welcoming His healing and deliverance, regardless of what avenue(s) He might use. An instantaneous supernatural miracle? A medical procedure? A new and permanent dietary change? A prescription medication strategy? A vitamin and supplement regimen? Learning to use a new prosthetic device?
We don’t know all the answers; we hardly even know what questions to ask. But for you and I who are in a chronic state of disability and suffering, let us make sure that everyday is a new day of our saying, “Yes Lord. Not my way, but Your way. Let’s do this!”
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