In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water; whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
William Shakespeare is highly regarded as a great poet and author. In fact, he is considered to be the greatest writer in the English language. His writings however, seem to have a twisted nature about them. As death and tragedy seem to play major roles in his dramas. In Fact William Shakespeare once said this unbelievable quote…
Expectation is the root of all disappointment!
I’m not sure what happened to him in his lifetime, I am convinced however, William Shakespeare gave up way too early! Expectation never leads to disappointment, not with God on your side! The disappointment comes only when God’s people throw in the towel of surrender too soon!
This passage reveals to us a pool, known as the Pool of Bethesda, where at a certain season, or as the original translation states it- in due season, an angel of the Lord would come and stir the water. 5 porches were built to house the amount of “impotent folk” that came in search of a miracle. Halt, blind, withered; they all came to this pool hoping that they might be the beneficiary of this great supernatural phenomenon! Now it’s easy to get so caught up in the dialogue of this passage and miss one of the most critical elements of faith. We can focus on the angel, we can focus on the season or the miracle; but the power of this text is found in verse number 3…
WAITING FOR A MOVING OF THE WATER…
As verse number 5 reveals to us the condition of a certain man listed among the sick, he is also listed among the faithful who in verse 3 were waiting for a move of God! Wow! 38 years of pain, 38 years of turmoil, 38 years of sickness, 38 years of paralysis and this man was still waiting on a move of God!38 years of hopelessness was not enough to rob this man of his faith! I don’t know how many people were healed as he sat there, but I do know that no one else’s miracle ever discouraged him! He rejoiced with them, and was encouraged because he knew, God still heals!
Some people can hardly make it 2 services without a touch from God before they backslide! But this story is letting us know, there is power in waiting on a move of God! He never allowed the spirit of discouragement get on him, he understood as long as mercy is available, as long as there are people still being delivered and healed, there is still hope! There is still a chance I can make it!
I want to encourage all readers right now- Don’t allow your mess to pervert the message! The message says God heals, the message says God delivers, the message says God saves, God loves and God forgives! But your mess says, it’s too late, I’m too sick, I’ve been this way for too long. Blind Bartimaeus never allowed his mess to change the message. With beggars garments draped over his slumping shoulders and the weight of being blind his entire life, he began to scream at the top of his lungs, JESUS THOU SON OF DAVID HAVE MERCY ON ME!His mess told him Jesus doesn’t have time for you, his mess told him you’re a beggar, your a nothing and a nobody on the way to nowhere! But the message of mercy told him, “Whatsoever you ask in my name believing you shall receive”! Your mess wants to tell you your disqualified for a miracle, but you need to realize, your mess just qualified you for a miracle!
That lame man never allowed his mess to pervert the message! He kept his faith even in the most trying times of his life! And notice this man doesn’t have to seek after Jesus, Jesus came seeking after him! All throughout scripture we find people having to come to him, exercise their faith towards him, but here Jesus actually came looking for this man! This is what I want you to get out of this blog, needs attract God’s attention, needs do not produce miracles. God is attracted by your need, but he responds to your expectation! Someone needs to be encouraged, you’ve been faithful, you’ve been expecting a move of God in your life and in your situations. Jesus set the precedent, expectation is always the birthplace for the miraculous!
I don’t know what your dealing with, I don’t know what challenges you’re facing, I don’t know what ailments you’ve endured; I do know now is not the time to get discouraged, it’s time to expect a move of God!
For surely there is an end and thine expectation shall not be cut off!