Have You Lost Hope of Being Healed?
I wanted just to send some encouragement your way today. I was reading and studying John chapter 5 verses 1-9. This passage describes the beautiful miracle Jesus performed at the pool of Bethesda to heal the paralyzed man. It reads as follows:
“After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
(2) Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. (3) In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. (4) 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. (5) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. (6) When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? (7) The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. (8) Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. (9) And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.” (KJV)
I want you, for just a moment, to position yourself as this man. He was paralyzed for 38 years! He had lost all hope of ever being healed. He had felt defeated because no one ever came to help him into the pool to get healed. As a result, he tolerated a life that was built around his infirmity.
Is this you? Is there an infirmity in your life that’s causing you to feel completely helpless or hopeless? Have you allowed this infirmity to dictate your life? Maybe it’s not a physical ailment, but perhaps you’re struggling with a toxic relationship, a pessimistic mindset, financial issues, identity issues, purpose issues, pressures from society and social media, an addiction, anxiety, envy, lust, etc. Whatever the case, regardless of how trapped you feel in your infirmity, the good news is, Jesus can and will heal you! Jesus will make you whole!
Hebrews 4:15 tells us “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin.” Here’s a secret for you, the infirmities and temptations you’re experiencing right now did not catch Jesus by surprise. They are, in fact, no match for Jesus! Jesus, perfect in ALL of His ways, faced a full range of temptations throughout His life here on Earth and overcame them. So, you can bet you will too. More good news for you, is that because Jesus faced what we face, He is able to relate to us, comfort us, sympathize and empathize with us, and help us overcome the very things trying to overcome us. So, I’ll say it again. Jesus can and will heal you! Jesus will make you whole!
I want to point out also that Jesus chose to go to the paralyzed man because He already knew exactly what the paralyzed man was facing. (Verse 6) Jesus knows exactly what you are facing right now too! In His unyielding compassion and love for us, He chooses to move toward us, those who are in need, broken-hearted, and suffering. He longs to help us and heal us if we will let Him.
So, yes. We do have a part to play in this, too. Jesus asked the paralyzed man, “Wilt thou be made whole?” In other words, would you like to be made whole, would you like to be healed?
Ask yourself this question. “Would I like to be healed?” “Do my actions reflect my desire to be healed?”
Like the man, and many of us too, we have become so accustomed to our infirmity that our response to being healed is instead a complaint as to why we think we can not be healed. (Verse 7) Gratefully, as seen in verse 8, Jesus does not need for our situation or us to be perfect to restore us. He just needs our obedience. Although the man’s response was not a simple “Yes“ to Jesus’s question, his reaction to this next statement made all the difference. Jesus commands the man to rise, take up his bed, and walk. In verse 9, the man is immediately healed as he obeys what Jesus commanded of him. His diseased muscles and bones immediately healed. Jesus’s sovereign power revealed!
Later in this chapter in verse 14, Jesus also reveals His reason for healing the man. “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” Jesus’s reference to the man’s sin indicates that this man was healed to be made whole and holy! Jesus desires to heal your infirmity to make you more like Him. Ponder this, could it be that you aren’t progressing in your healing journey because unholiness/sin is occupying too much of your time and space? We lose hope and we feel helpless, not because Jesus has forgotten about us, but because we choose to embrace sin over Him.
I want you to know though, there is hope for your healing, friend. The answer is Jesus! Jesus wants to heal not only your infirmity, but more importantly, your soul. He wants you to become so in love with choosing and obeying Him that your perspective about your infirmity will shift and will no longer have its control over you. He wants His grace and His power to transform you and enable you to live a life set free from unholiness. This starts with your “yes” to Him.
Now, I want you to take a moment to examine your situation. What’s caused you to lose hope anyway? Could it be that you are constantly resorting to the things and people of this world to heal you, validate you, or make you whole? If so, you’re not alone. We all have. Even the paralyzed man confused the thing around him (the pool) as being the means of his healing rather than the One who actually heals. (Verse 7) The water didn’t have to heal him because Jesus did. You see, the things of this world, social media, drugs/alcohol, that boyfriend/girlfriend, that job, your bank account, pornography.. these things weren’t ever meant to heal you, in fact, they never will. It is Jesus who will, every single time!!!
Don’t allow your infirmity to make you lose hope, and don’t let the things of this world allow you to stay hurt. Jesus desires to minister to your deepest needs, but it’s a two way street, friend. Just as any relationship, it takes effort on your end, too. Choose to run to the feet of Jesus and lay your needs and infirmities at His feet. Choose to spend time in His word and with Him every single day. Choose to obey His every commandment for your life. This is where your healing lies. This is where your hope stems from. And one of the many great things about choosing Jesus above all else, is that even your infirmities are not in vain. He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them. (Romans 8:28) God may have special work for you to do in spite of your condition, or even because of it. He may be allowing you to go through this so that you can minister more effectively to those who are hurt by the very thing that once hurt you so that in the end, God can gain the glory from it. Keep this top of mind!
Remember, also, healing is your portion! Hope is your portion! You are not too deep in whatever situation you’re in that God can’t meet you there and restore your hope. In fact, He plans to! Celebrate this!
I pray that you will not delay another day to make strides toward the life God has for you. I pray that you will flee from the things that are keeping you stagnant and that you will desire a new beginning with God. I pray that you will be consumed with God’s holiness, healing, and hope. I pray that God will perform a miracle in your life immediately! In Jesus name. Amen? Amen!
Be patient with yourself. And be patient with God. The best is yet to come.