John 5:5 – And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
Let’s establish a foundation from the very beginning today. God IS love. That is a settled truth, eternally established. That’s just Who He is. God want everyone to be saved – truth. God wants everyone to be healed – truth. God wants everyone to prosper – truth. But we know that not all men will be saved – fact. We know that not all people will prosper and be healed – fact. BUT, that still doesn’t change God’s will about the matter. It just reveals to us that regardless of what we have been taught, God’s will is not always accomplished. Men have choice in matters of life, and death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Have you ever asked yourself why Jesus came to this one man at the pool of Bethesda, and not to others, too? I have. I have come to one conclusion. It is a matter of faith. I know that at the initial unfolding of the story, there appears to be little faith at operation in this story except from Jesus, Who, of course, always walked in the fullness of faith. But think about it for a moment. This man had been afflicted with this ailment for 38-years. Daily he was brought to the pool. While we don’t know if there were other people who came there daily, to do so for a long period of time indicates a certain measure of faith that something could happen. Secondly, while his faith at that moment was set on the moving of the water, he really had no idea what to expect in some other manner for healing to come. Yet, when Jesus told him, a cripple, to “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk,” he did exactly as he was instructed. That, my friend, took faith on his part.
Now look at our Text for Today once again. Of all the people in the porches of the Pool of Bethesda, there was a “certain man” who “had an infirmity thirty and eight years.” Do you see it? It wasn’t just any man, but it was a “certain man.” I am convinced that Jesus was directed by Holy Spirit to go the Pool of Bethesda for that particular man. I remember reading once that Smith Wigglesworth said, “There’s something about faith that will cause God to step over 10,000 people to get to one man who has faith.” To that end, I’ve a simple question for you today. Will you be that “certain” man? Will you be that “certain” woman? The choice is yours. The Water of Life, Jesus, the well in you, and the rivers flowing from you offer you, and those to whom you minister water; the Water of Life; freely given. Drink, my friend, drink.
Manna for Today – John 5:1-9; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Hebrews 11:1-6; 3 John 2; 2 Peter 3:9; Proverbs 18:21