KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:5 KJV “And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.”
Disease is a very frustrating condition for anyone. God our Father, has demonstrated in His word that it is not His will for men to be tormented that way. (Acts 10:38) Unfortunately many men find themselves in such terrible conditions. Our key scripture says the impotent man suffered as long as thirty-eight years. We could make the following deductions from his experience and condition.
1. His condition was humanly incurable. Many people in these days suffer from conditions that are humanly impossible.
2. He had no man to get him into the water when it was stirred by the angel. How did He get to the pool side in the first place? I believe some people, might have carried him there. Why did they not wait to help him into the water each time the water was stirred? The people might not have been kind enough to wait. It could also have been his making. There are certain sick people who are very insulting and extremely unbearable. Could he have been like that? There are those who would not receive any further help because they never show gratitude for the little kindness that was expressed to them.
This man did not only have negative lessons to teach from his story, but some positive aspects as well.
1. Despite his incurable situation, he did not commit suicide, to end his life. He kept his hope alive. He believed in life and so made a constant effort each year when the water was stirred but failed. John 5:7 KJV “The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool, but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.” From the preceding verse we see that, although every effort of his failed, year after year, he never gave up trying. In life we ultimately get what we aspire for or what we are ready to perspire for. Don’t give up on any good thing you have started doing.
On the day he met Jesus, he said I have no man who would help me get into the water. He put every hope to succeed on his sole effort, and wished somebody could help him. It seems God was not in his thoughts. It seems he never anticipated a miracle coming his way. Dear one, no matter the challenges and the outcome never loose hope in God and in his ability to work a miracle for you. This impotent man thought the only thing that could bring a change was the help of men. Psalm 146:3 KJV “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” The scripture cautions us not to put our trust in princes, for there is no help in them. True help comes from God. It is God who uses men to help. Always put God first.
THOUGHT:BE POSITIVE ABOUT LIFE, AND TRUST IN GOD
Psalms 118:8 KJV” It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Proverbs 3:5 KJV Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.