“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” John 5: 7-8
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, then change your attitude.
There was a disabled man in the book of John who had been in the same predicament for 38 years. It was tradition in the culture that an angel came periodically to trouble the waters and those who made it in were healed. This story applies to us today.
The bible says 38 years:
- this tells us that God is very much aware of how long we have been in the same situations.
Jesus asked the man, do you want to be made well?
- this tells us that the Lord desires to heal us.
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”:
- In my rendition the man says, “I hope to be healed but all I see is other people get blessed. They’re supposed to help me, but they don’t. I also don’t think that I can make any effort to change my condition”. He had been in the same predicament for years and years, but his eyes were set in the wrong place.
- Oftentimes God comes into our situations ready to heal, liberate and restore but because we are unfocused we have excuses just like this man. We say things like, when I get enough money then I will be happy. When I get married, then I will be fulfilled. When I move, then my life will turn around. When I lose weight then I will be good. ETC.
The Lord Jesus commanded the man to get up, carry his bed and walk but was not able to do that without shifting His faith from people and the customs of his culture (an angel troubled the waters):
- Custom/tradition: The angel troubled the waters and healed some people, but that’s not how God planned to heal the lame plan. He had to visit him personally.
- Expecting from people: God wants to help us, but He needs our attention on Him. We tend to look at the success/prosperity of the wicked, the culture (music, IG, Facebook, etc.) and those around us. This outlook only leads to resentment, bitterness and a false sense of entitlement (just like the man!).
- Culture: The status quo of culture says that after High School, we must go to college and graduate by 22. By 24 a woman should be married. And by 25 she should have her first child. These are the customs of culture, not of God. Our timeline is in the hands of God. The status quo also says that we should dress, talk and speak a certain way but we are not of this world, are we?
The man may have felt forgotten, but nothing and no one is hidden to God. We are as the apple of His eyes.
Thank you father God for your Truth and sovereignty. Thank you for raising us and correcting us as your children. I pray you bring refreshment to our souls. I pray you bring hope where there are no expectations and light where there may be darkness. Thank you Lord. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.