Today’s Scripture Reading: John 5:1-47, Mark 2:23-28, Matthew 12:1-8, Luke 6:1-5, Mark 3:1-6, Matthew 12:9-14, Luke 6:6-11, Matthew 15-21
The lame man by the pool of Bethesda felt there was no one to help. He had lain by that pool for 38 years with no one to put him into the healing waters.
The victim mentality was alive and well in Jesus’ day. I’m sure this man had heard of the miracles of Jesus; yet, what did he say when Jesus, his only hope approached him and asked if he would like to get well?
- I can’t
- I have no one to put me in the pool
- Someone always gets there ahead of me
I wonder how many times Jesus has thought all “I hear is wah, wah, wah…do you want to get well or not?”
Yes, it’s a tough world we live in and life is not fair; people will let us down, earthly solutions and plans will fail.
Jesus says forget all that—
Do you want to get well?
Many times we say we want to get well, be different, and/or get rid of bad habits but we don’t want to do anything.
Jesus did not react or acknowledge the lame man’s complaints and excuses; He just said…
- Stand up
- Pick up your mat
The man was healed instantly but the healing didn’t show up until He did what Jesus told him to do.
When we have a problem, disease, or burden we would be better off if we spent our time asking God what do we need to do rather than why is this happening to ME?
Here are four lessons I learned for the man at the pool:
- We can expect Jesus to show up
- Sometimes people aren’t the answer
- We may be looking in the wrong place for the miracle
- Our attitude can affect our miracle
Heavenly Father, help me to focus on what You want me to do and learn in life’s tough situations. Help me to have an attitude that believes, expects, and trusts you to do what you have promised in Your Word. Holy Spirit, I’m waiting on your instructions for the day. Whether it’s stand up, pick up your mat, or walk, help me to be willing to do my part.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 3:7-19, Luke 6:12-16, Matthew 5:1-12, Luke 6:17-26, Matthew 5:13-48, Luke 6:27-36, Matthew 6:1-4