The Pool of Bethesda
Now there is a Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue, Bethesda, having five porches. 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 a certain season in 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 – John 5:2-4.
Life brings issues, disease, and dis-ease. Dis-ease is different from disease. Diseases such as am illness in general, any harmful condition that attacks the mind, or body. Whereas dis-ease is when there is no sickness in the body, but the person may be struggling in their emotions, finances, or relationship, they may be restless, miserable, and upset.
There was man that had an infirmity for thirty eight years. He would lay at the pool of Bethesda waiting for the troubling of the water when an angel would come and the water would be healed; whoever stepped in first the water would be healed of whatever diseased they had. The problem was the man was impotent, he couldn’t walk, and as he tried to drag himself to the water, others would come and step in before he could get to the pool. Jesus was there and saw the man, and was aware the man had been in that condition for thirty-years, but He ask him “Wilt thou be made whole” Jesus healed him, when Jesus saw the man in the temple Jesus told him ” Behold thou are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee”. Sin brings consequences whether one is a believer or non-believer.
As Christian, when we sin, we have an Advocate, His Name is Jesus! This does not mean it gives one the opportunity to practice sin, but if one falls, he or she doesn’t have to stay in that state. Just as Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be healed, Jesus is asking the believer if they want to be healed, and if they want to be healed all they have to do is confess their sins (If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness – 1st John 1:9). This man had been in this condition for thirty years, most likely he had begun to lose hope and faith, but there was an appointed time for him to receive his healing.
You may not have sinned, but you’re in state where you may need healing, spirit, soul, mind and body. Don’t think because you have been in that state for a length of time that God is not aware of your condition. There is nothing that comes into the life of His children that He is not aware of. He has appointed time for your prayer to be answered. He has appointed time for your healing of your spirit, soul and body as well as your finances. What concerns you, concerns God.
The woman with the issue of blood had suffered for twelve years, but when she saw Jesus in the crowd, she said to herself “If I can touch the hem of His garment, I will be made whole”. She had faith when she came to Jesus her prayers would be answered. She was confident when she seeks Him, she would receive what she was looking for. As Christians, we must have that same faith. It does not matter how long you have prayed and confessed. Continue to confess and pray until you receive what you have been asking God for. Jesus said if we asked anything in His name the Father would do it (And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son – John 14:13). He didn’t say it would happen immediately, but He did said it would be done.
Every prayer has an appointed time to be answered; while you’re waiting for your prayer to be answered, it is working godly character (And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity – 2nd Peter 1:5-7). Don’t lose faith, don’t stop praying, continue to believe God’s Word and His promises. God’s timing is not our timing, tears will not move God, but faith will, your prayer is delayed, but not denied!