I don’t know the frequency in which I have read John 5:1-15, but each time I meditate on those scriptures, God seems to give me additional insight. This story is about an invalid at the pool of Bethesda.
Each year, the Lord would send an angel to the pool to perform physical healing for those able to get into the pool. John 5:3 says, “Here a great number of disabled people used to lie the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for 38 years.” As I continue to picture this story in my mind, I can visualize a multitude of people rushing to the pool every year around the same time just for healing. The people were experiencing physical healing and joy.
As I picture the invalid in his home, I can hear him saying with tears in his eyes, “next year someone will help me into the pool.
However, I see an invalid in despair and without hope because he is not able to put himself in the pool. As he saw excitement in the eyes of those healed, sadness entered into his heart because the angel of the Lord had left. The invalid had to wait another year. So, once again they carried him back home.
As I picture the invalid in his home, I can hear him saying with tears in his eyes, “next year someone will help me into the pool. Someone will carry me on their back into the pool and I will be healed this time.”
A year passed and the invalid returned to the pool. I can see his friends carrying him to the pool. Once again, they placed him in the same spot just watching others get healed in the pool of Bethesda. The Bible does not tell us who carried the invalid to the pool, but we can be assured they weren’t strangers. So then, why did they not help him into the pool? I believe they were too busy watching the miracles being performed, or they just didn’t care. Whatever the reasons, the invalid persevered. He never gave up. He kept returning to the pool even though he could not put himself into the pool.
Jesus saw the invalid lying there and quietly asked, “Do you want to get well?” and the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool, while I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” But the master healer Jesus Christ said, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” We know the invalid did walk. In this story, we see there are uncontrollable situations that only Jesus Christ has the capacity to handle. Sometimes our friends and family are too busy or too selfish to help. or, maybe they just have too many problems of their own.
However, Jesus is always available to guide us. He quietly touches us, and others can’t see until we receive the blessings. Jesus is perfect and knows all our needs and wants. The invalid received his joy through physical healing but later Jesus touched his spirit by saying “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
The heart must change to receive spiritual healing. We must learn to put self behind and reach out to those in pain less something worse happens to us. It is time for us to put selfishness to death and give life to love, faith and hope by helping others.
Written By: Mr Wisdom
(c) 2010 EnviCare Consulting, Inc.
Points to Ponder
Have you ever wonder why God’s people go through trials and tribulations? This devotional is designed to help an individual to understand the reasons why people go through trials and tribulations. The study provides insight for an individual to overcome trials and tribulations.
- You must remain positive (righteous) during difficult times (James 1:1-2).
- You will be gain strength as you go through difficult times (James 1:3).
- You must not give up during difficult times, if you want to maintain endurance for the rest of your life (James 1:4).
- You must seek wisdom from God as you face difficulties in life (James 1:5).
- When you are facing difficulties, you must without a doubt expect God to guide you through all your situations (James 1:6-8).
- You must consider it an honor to have a humbling experience as you live your life for God (James 1:9-10).
- You will be rewarded for maintaining your faith through trials & tribulations (James 1:12).
- Your temptations never comes from God but from your own inner desires (James 1: 13-14).
- Your sinful desires can lead you to commit wrong choices which can lead to more difficulties and potential death (James 1:15).
- You are a gift from God through Jesus Christ. He keeps his promises and God wants you to enjoy life as you endure your difficulties (James 1:16-18).
Something to Consider
As long as you live, you will face problems. Some problems will be more severe than others and there will be times when you want to give up. God understands how you feel. You can’t choose when you will face problems but God’s words will help you deal with your negative situations. He has given you some great tools to help you face trials and tribulations head on. In the book of James, he describes the purpose of trials and tribulations and how to handle difficult situations.
Here are Jesus’ expectations of you during difficult times:
- Remain faithful to the end regardless of the challenges you face
- Endure through the problems because it will make you stronger instead of weaker.
- Seek Godly wisdom which gives you the ability to make right choices during troubling times.
- Embrace the circumstances that cause humility.
- Remember you are a precious gift from God and you will be given the strength to endure.
Hold on to your faith and do not doubt the promises God has for you (Please read Jeremiah 29:11, 1 Corinthians 10:13). Every day you hear of people facing various kinds of challenges because of crime, earth quakes, tornados, floods, famine, diseases but people seems to rise above it. People who love God have extra abilities to rise above natural or unnatural disasters. You must keep your heart focused on the end of your suffering or challenges during trials and trbulations. Your joy will be complete as you overcome your situations during trials and tribulations. Consider life as a temporary gift to live on this earth to accomplish God’s will and your reward will be in heaven. Heaven is where you will live an eternity with God. Pray for strength so you will endure trials and tribulations to the end of your life on earth.
Written by Mr Wisdom
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