The Scriptures contain many stories of people who waited years or even decades before the Lord’s promises came to pass. What modern believers can learn from the patience of biblical saints like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul is that waiting upon the Lord has eternal rewards.
– Charles Stanley
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.”
Waiting is not an easy game and it takes patience and endurance to be successful, however waiting can cause many to get frustrated and give up on their goals.
When the lame man was first taken to the pool at Bethsaida, he would have been happy and excited that he was going to be healed. As he waited and waited for healing, the excitement could have faded away as he would have accepted his plight as something that he has to live with. As he got so used to the environment where there was so much of competition, in his helplessness he could have lost his focus and motivation to be made whole.
When Jesus came to Bethsaida, did not go to any other person who was lying at the pool but came to this specific man and asked him whether he wanted to be healed. The man complained to Jesus saying that there was no one to help him.
Some of us may be at the same stage. You may have waited a long time for an answer, and have now lost your focus and are not motivated any more. Through this process of waiting, friends and those who supported you initially may have forgotten you, but the Lord will not forget you, He will come to you.
The lame man was discouraged and not motivated, but Jesus came to him and changed his situation in a moment. Today He is willing to change your situation too. Hence let your hope in Jesus not fade away.
My soul longs for You. and in Your Word I hope; my soul waits for You Lord more than watchmen for the morning, yes more than watchmen for the morning. Amen.
God bless you,
Theo & Manju