A New Devotion on Cove’s Prayer Line - A Different Kind of Satisfaction


Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900). You can find other devotions, sermons, essays, articles, and announcements on The Cove Community blog. You might also want to visit the congregational website (covepresbyterian.org) for more church information.

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John 5:2-16

Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids - blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me." Jesus said to him, "Stand up, take your mat and walk." At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, "It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat." But he answered them, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Take up your mat and walk.'" They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take it up and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath.

A Different Kind of Satisfaction

It would be wonderful to live in a world where good works are rewarded and evil is always punished. And wouldn’t it be great to know that good people win while cheaters and liars never succeed? Personally, I know I’d like to find a place where you could be confident that those who are loving and kind to everyone are set apart from those who care only about themselves and what they want. Now, I think this would be a wonderful place to live, but sadly, I’ll probably have to wait for God to recreate his universe to see it happen, you know, when his kingdom comes and his will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

No, this is not yet a reality in our world. It wasn’t for Jesus when they started to persecute him for healing on the Sabbath, and it isn’t for us as we try to follow his example. And yet, this sad but true reality didn’t slow him down, and it doesn’t have to hinder and distract us either. I mean, even though doing good might never get the recognition from others, we receive a different kind of satisfaction. By showing love to others, we know that we’re offering thanks to the one who loves us. And in my book, that’s a pretty good reward.