Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” John 5:8
He missed out last 38 chances to be healed. After waiting for so long and being disappointed each time, he probably gave up on himself. There was no one to help take him into the pool. He probably was tired of waiting for a miracle for himself. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he already had been in that condition for a long time, Jesus asked him if he really wanted to get well.
In John chapter 5, we read a story of a man who was sick for 38 years. It’s a story we have been listening to since our Sunday school time. This man was laying at the pool of Bethesda for a very long time. He probably spent the best part of his life in despair and in a hopeless situation as he had been sick for 38 years. He was lying on a porch waiting for the moving of the water, but whenever the Angel came down into the pool and stirred up the water, somebody always stepped down before him.
There are seasons in our lives where we feel forgotten and left behind. Expecting a miracle can be so challenging when we have waited for a quite long time being in a same condition. It’s very easy to believe that nothing will ever change; we will remain the same. We kind of find a compromise with our crisis. We give up on our lives, our dreams, and probably even we give up on God. It looks like we are just fine with our crisis. It doesn’t seem like we ever want a change, a miracle, or a fulfillment of our dreams from God.
He says to Jesus that he has no one to help him into the pool when the water is stirred. While he is trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of him.
Many times its easy to blame others for our inability, our lack of progress and our problems when people goes ahead of us and we remain in the same situation. Someone else is promoted and we often miss out on opportunities.
We read in the scripture that Jesus commands him to pick up his mat and walk .(John 5:8) Jesus heals him and he not only receives healing but also a Savior for Life.
Dear friend, I don’t know which crisis you are struggling with right now. You may feel like giving up, feel like compromising with it and feel like there is no hope, no one is there to help you out. You have missed out on many opportunities. Others have gone ahead of you and you are left behind. It may look like you are just fine with your adversity. You have stopped expecting any change for your situation.
Let me encourage you today. You will not be left behind. When there was a hope for a man who was as equal as dead near the pool of Bethesda, then there is sure hope for you in Christ Jesus. God is the one who defines your destiny. He has the answer for you. He holds the key to unlock your future. In His time He will raise you up. You are probably still waiting for someone else to help you get into the pool, but the Lord himself will visit you. You were not created to drag through life constantly. Don’t settle down for mediocrity. His promises never fail. He will raise you out of lack into abundance, out of sickness into healing, out of failure into success, and out of despair into His joy and peace.