Today’s Scripture: The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. PsalmĀ 145:8-9

New year, new you! Ever heard that slogan to advertise some crazy new diet program, miracle vitamins, or a cutting-edge exercise regimen? Most of us know that nothing is going to take care of every single health issue we have. But thousands of years ago, for one man this saying did come true.

Hour after hour, day after day, year after year, an impotent man lay at the pool of Bethesda with the glimmer of hope that some day its waters could heal him. Waiting for the waters to be stirred, he was counting on some kind soul to help him into the pool. In the 38 years he waited, I am sure there were many days when he felt like he would never be cured.

When Jesus went up to Jerusalem, he came across this man who had been waiting for so long and asked him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” With a heavy heart, the man answered, “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.” Knowing how long the man had waited to be healed, the Lord took compassion on him and said,” Rise, take up thy bed and walk.” No longer plagued by his infirmity, he stood up – a new man. (John 5:6-9)

Friends, our God is a God of action and compassion. He knows instantly what the problem is and has the perfect diagnosis as the Great Physician. Maybe you are struggling physically and have lost hope. The Lord does not always take away our trials and ailments, but He will always provide us the grace and help we need. Physically you may be doing great; perhaps it is your spiritual life that is suffering from the illness of habitual sin. It feels as though you are overcome with that besetting problem. Nothing is ever too big for God. What can make you whole again? – Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Whatever your condition is, bring it to the Lord today. He alone can give you a new you for the new year!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.