John 5:8-9 – Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
How important is order? Can some delicious recipes be ruined because we got the addition of certain ingredients in the wrong order? Have you ever tried to put a model together, only to find that because you did not follow the order of the instructions that you had to go back, and maybe even disassembly some parts to finish the work properly? Have you ever reduced the efficacy of some medication because you did not follow instructions in taking it? Have you ever failed, or been delayed in some business transaction because you did not do due diligence to do first things first? Many people have met these issues, and many more besides, simply by not doing things in a prescribed order.
In our Text for Today, Jesus gave three instructions. “Rise.” “Take up thy bed.” “Walk.” I realize this may seem silly to some, but what if the man had attempted these things in the wrong order? The simple truth is, he would have failed. My friend, order is keenly important in life, and especially in the kingdom of God. God wants order in the church, for He is not the author of confusion. In Kingdom principles, you don’t just reap. You must first sow. And if you want an abundant harvest, you must follow the practices of cultivation from before sowing all the way through the reaping process. For instance, you don’t sow the seed and then plow. You don’t harvest and then sow. You don’t fill your storehouses and then water. Order, and that includes proper sequence, is important.
Now consider the success of the man at the Pool of Bethesda. He had faith; he believed that he could be healed. He was consistently persistent; he demonstrated patience in the application of the faith he had. He answered truthfully, explaining the situation, not making excuses; he accepted the responsibility that was his own. He did what Jesus commanded, in the order in which He commanded it; he was obedient, and this is walking in love, and we know that faith works by love.
Could it be that by getting things out of order, out of proper sequence, that we have, at times, missed the blessing of the Lord that was right there for us? Could it be that we may find ourselves waiting for the Lord’s second or third step when we have not obeyed the first? Could this hinder the work of the Lord in our lives? I believe it does. Let us seek to take our daily steps as ordered by the Lord, and not the way that pleases us at the moment.
Manna for Today – John 5:1-9; Isaiah 60; Psalm 1; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; John 14:15-17; 1 John 5:3