Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thirsty Thursdays: Rise Up and Walk

Throughout our lifetime we face different troublesome situations. Whether it is being sick or dealing with some type of emotional ailment etc. at some point we go through something. Have you ever been sick or emotionally down and needed some assistance? Reached out to a peer, friend or family member looking for help but was forced to fend for yourself because they were too busy taking care of their own situations, forgot or just did not want to help for whatever reason? Even those with good intentions can let you down and it sucks to feel as if no one is willing to help or you have no one to rely on, but don’t allow external circumstances keep you from “being healed”. As believers, we always have someone we can rely on 100% of the time. Someone who no matter what, through thick and thin will never be too busy to help, to caught up with other things or forgetful. We have Jesus Christ!!!

In John Chapter 5 we read about the pool of Bethesda. This pool when stirred had the ability to heal people, so as you would expect many sick people would hang around the pool waiting for the opportunity to be healed. “3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for 38years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked, ‘Do you want to get well?’ 7 ‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’  8 Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked”

Many people were hanging around the pool waiting to be healed. None of these people were helping out one another. They were all to preoccupied with themselves, selfishly attempting to get healed not worrying about the next man, one who may have been in worse condition than them. Similar to today's society where everyone is on their own agenda focused on their own well being stepping on others to get ahead not lending a helping hand. We cannot allow this to keep us down. 

The man when asked if he wanted to get well did not even directly answer by saying yes I would. Instead he responded by explaining what has kept him from getting in the pool. He to an extent was hopeless and helpless. He looked at his capabilities, the external circumstances around him and basically came to the conclusion that there wasn’t anything that can be done. He allowed his physical state and the situation around him paralyze him mentally so he was “stuck”. As believers we must not give up, we must know there is always something that can be done. It is not about our abilities, what the situation in front of us may look like or seem like. The Lord our God, hears our cries, he is always there to help us out. God’s grace is sufficient, he can cure us of any situation, he is never too busy for us, he will never forget about us. We are healed and made strong through the Lord. Next time you face a situation, don’t feel alone or inadequate, know that there is a mighty God on your side. Cast your cares and concerns up to him, leave any and every excuse or feeling of self-pity behind; “RISE UP AND WALK”

Stay Thirsty My Friends
Thirsty Thursdays


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