Have you ever wanted something badly but it seems as though just when it was in your grasp, it slipped away? Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite Bible miracles because it speaks to how many of us act.
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. John 5: 2-8 NKJV
Can you imagine the conversation that Jesus had with this man? In my own mind, I’m thinking he has been in this condition for thirty – eight years with the source of his healing right in front of him but he could not reach it. He did not grab what was rightfully his. In fact when questioned about it, he blamed everyone else for not helping him. This is the first time in the scripture where I’ve actually read Jesus ask someone if they WANT to be healed. Usually, people are clamoring to get to Jesus or sending a messenger for him to come and heal someone. Yet, this man not only continuously missed his opportunity for healing at the pool of Bethesda but he didn’t recognize that he was talking to the healer.
What condition has you stuck? Are you close to your breakthrough but can’t seem to get it? Are you putting your faith in the wrong source? Your blessing can be right in front of you but because you are stagnant waiting on someone else to come by and help – you can miss out on what God has for you.
There are several takeaways from the man at the pool of Bethesda that we can learn from:
- He wasn’t desperate enough – It’s cliché but we often say, “desperate times call for desperate measures.” After waiting and continuously being passed over at the pool of Bethesda, one would think that the man would wait at the waters edge and just roll on in when the Angel stirred the water. Sometimes you have to show God that you are willing to try new things and step outside of your normal to get what you need.
- He was used to his condition – After having his infirmity for thirty-eight years, he became accustomed to his situation. He wanted to be healed but wasn’t doing anything extraordinary to make it happen.
- He was quick to blame others – When Jesus questioned him, he quickly responded that he had no one to put him in the pool. What are you blaming other people for that you could be doing to yourself? Are people keeping you from your blessing or are you?
- He didn’t recognize the true source of his healing – Jesus was standing there questioning the man and he didn’t recognize that he was talking to the healer. He had put his faith in getting to the pool and when presented with another option didn’t recognize it. Has God shown you another way to get what you want but you’re so stuck on one way that you can’t transform. Don’t miss your blessing because you are caught up in the wrong source.
You have to do the work. It’s not enough to have faith. (James 2: 14-17) Think about what you want, what you have been waiting on and stop making excuses. Go get it!
Thank You for inspiring me through Your word. Don’t let me sit in my condition because I have not taken the risk to get what I need. Help me to recognize when I am putting my trust in man and not in You. Let me go and get what You have for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to GO GET IT! Write down all of the excuses and obstacles that are keeping you from what you believe to be yours. Begin eliminating those things one by one. Work towards what you need and don’t let any man stop you. Recognize who your provider is and rely on Him to get you what you need.
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is a small business owner as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.