John 5 tells us of Jesus’ encounter with a lame man at the Pool of Bethesda who was hoping to be a beneficiary of God’s Healing Power in that, at a certain time, the water would be “troubled,” and anyone who entered the water during that point would be healed from his/her infirmity(ies). Jesus asked the lame man, “Wilt thou be made whole?” He was asking him if he wanted to be healed. Have you ever wondered why Jesus, being Omniscient (All Knowing), asked that question when He already knew the answer, as well as the thoughts of everyone else at the same time? But the Word of God compels us to “ASK, and it shall be given.”
In response to Jesus’ question, instead of simply answering “Yes,” the lame man began to elaborate on his predicament, pointing out that “Every time the water is troubled, someone else always beats me there because nobody will put me in.” So often, we allow ourselves to be crippled (hurt or disappointed) by people that we thought would care about us and the things that matter to us. But Family, the reality is that we live in a time in which that frequently just isn’t the case. The Bible declares that in the last days, the love of many will wax cold. But there is good news. Just as Jesus made the lame man whole (healed him) WITHOUT someone coming along to place him in the pool, likewise, He can (and will) also make US whole from all that we’re crippled by—that we are waiting for some PERSON, whose thoughts very likely may not include us at the time, to fix for us.
So then, Beloved, instead of making ourselves “Bethesda projects” and crying about people who are not considering the possibility that we may be looking to them to rescue us at the gate, let us ASK and TRUST God to make us whole. And then, when He says, “Take up your bed and walk,” don’t allow the enemy to cause to you say in your heart, “God, don’t you see that I’m crippled? I CAN’T walk!” Do what He says! Get up, and GET TO STEPPIN’, even if it’s away from the place where you thought you were supposed to be in order to receive your healing. Remember, God is Omnipresent (everywhere at the same time). He sees you at the gate of your crippling situation and has already troubled the water for your healing or deliverance. He did that at Calvary when He said, “It is finished”. The Blood He shed for the crippled state of Mankind STILL works and will NEVER lose its Power. No, we don’t have access to the Pool of Bethesda, but aren’t you glad that we have been washed by the Blood of the Lamb? We declare THIS DAY that we will no longer be “Bethesda projects”! #ThankYouJesus!!