by Randy Chambers, 2015-08-19
John 5:6-8, NKJV: When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk."
I venture to say that I am not alone in this, but that at certain times, and in various ways, we are each stirred by the Spirit of God. Where once the waters were placid, they are now unsettled--an indication of the Hand of God at work. When we see such stirring, are we willing and ready to act and to “get into the waters” so to speak? Or will we sit by bemoaning our inadequacies and watch yet another opportunity pass by? Jesus asks us, “Do you want to be well?” How many times do we say things like, “I want to lose weight,” or “I want to be better with my finances,” or “I want to spend more time in God’s Word,” only to allow the good intentions to fade into the settled pool of complacency and neglect? God has a great many things He is ready to do in our lives. And yet so many of us so often continue to sit by the pool.