First of all, I am so thankful for this opportunity to write to you today.
Our passage of scripture for today is John Chapter 5: 1-9. In this passage, we find an invalid that is waiting for the waters to be stirred so that he can make it to the water and be healed. We find him face to face with Jesus and he tells Jesus he has no one to help him into the pool when the water is stirred. There are several things that I learned at the pool of Bethesda which means house of mercy or grace.
The first thing I noticed is that the invalid was committed. Year after year with everyone getting to the water before him, he could have easily gotten frustrated and given up, but I believe he believed that one day he might actually be healed. What a lesson for us, to see ourselves healed, delivered, set free, and blessed as we call things that are not as though they were!
The next thing I learned is that God is not on our time schedule. 2 Peter 3:8 says “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends. With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” The invalid had been in this condition 38 years, and on this day Jesus comes on the scene and heals him! The next time we try to put God on a time schedule we need to remember Moses had to wait 40 years in the desert before the Lord used him to deliver the children of Israel. Also remember Joseph had to go from the pit to the prison and then to the palace and it didn’t happen overnight. I’m reminded of some lyrics I wrote a few years ago that simply says “He’s given us power, love and a sound mind, He may not come when you want him to but He’s always on time”. No matter what you are going through keep praying and trusting as God is working on your behalf, even though you may not see it yet. Remember it’s on God’s time schedule and not ours.
Next I noticed that the invalid looked to the one that stirred the waters instead of the one that made the water. I believe a lot of people look for the answer in all the wrong places. The other day at work I came around the corner and almost collided with a coworker and I apologized and said “I was looking down when I should have been looking up.” Wow what a powerful thought that we need to be looking up to Christ, the author and finisher of our faith as he is the answer that we all need for every situation! Read Psalms 121 in its entirety and you will find that our help comes from the Lord!
Finally, I noticed that Jesus made a way and then he gave a warning. In John 5:14 he tells him “See you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” We can’t leave this part out as it’s written in red and is the very words of Jesus. When we think of the water being stirred, I believe what needs to be stirring in our lives is that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. I Peter 4:17 tells us that judgement begins at the house of God and finding an altar and confessing your sins and putting your trust in faith in Jesus is the best thing you can do.
In closing, the invalid was making excuses for why he couldn’t get to the water fast enough to be healed, but Jesus called him to action by telling him to get up and take up his mat and walk. I believe the Lord gave me this message for someone today. “When we once and for all give up every excuse, we finally will see the chains all break loose.” Praise God for that freedom we have in Christ! Be encouraged today and I truly believe that something is stirring! Thanks for listening and God bless you! To view this entire message online, please visit our Facebook page Botkinburg Foursquare Church and find the video “Something is Stirring.”
Rocky Thomas is Senior Pastor - Botkinburg Foursquare Church