In John 5 is the story of the pool of Bethesda. A man sitting by a pool where an angel comes every now and then and stirs up the water, or troubles it. Troubled waters seems to be what makes waves in our life and disturbs our smooth sailing. Since only the first person into the pool gets healed I am guessing you have to want it pretty bad to have the edge on everyone else to get in the pool. My bet is that person had a plan and was very purposed. They probably positioned themselves just right and watched intently for the slightest ripple. I am thinking they probably jumped in a few times when it wasn't an angel rippling the waters, just debris blown in by the wind .
Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be healed. The man gave an excuse that he had no one to help him in the pool. Interestingly he offered the excuse not the answer to the question.
This got me thinking about how my troubled waters. Are they connected to my need for something God wants to give me. If i run or hide from my problems I don't get the answers or the gifts that are coming my way. I need to look to the Lord and ask what is this about. Is there a truth about me that your redefining because I am working off my own misunderstanding? The man at the pool was working from the information about an angel troubling the waters and that he needed help to get in the water. The truth about God is that He is right there . I need no one else to answers my troubles. He is trying to show me He is healing and wholeness and everything I need. It is all in Him. He does what He is. He is what He does.
It seems to be time to examine what I believe in. Do I believe in the things that connect me to God or do I believe in God. Do I believe in my religion and my trinkets or do I believe in my God?
Even Moses had to come to that point. God used Moses rod to hit a rock to get water for the people in the wilderness.
When Moses used the rod as the source of power to get water the next time. God didn't like that so much because what He told him was to speak to the rock. I think the Rod was a tool to activate his faith in God. Like the pool at Bethesda was a tool to activate faith in God . Moses had faith in the tool being used by God for Moses benefit. It seems God was trying to take him to the next step in their relationship which was giving him power in his commands that echoed God .
I am noticing lately that making declarations is happening these days . It is not that we are being presumptuous, it is the instruction of God taking us to the next level of relationship with Him. Like Moses I was a little sketchy with this at first but God is making it a revelation to me. So I am going to walk into it . I am accepting the Lord's invite to be healed and made whole. To step into the next level of relationship in unity with Him. Yes and Amen!