Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “stagnant” as not flowing, not active, not changing or progressing. So many times when we are going through something time seems to slip us by and we tend to forget how long or how many years we’ve been in the same situation. Sometimes we can just allow things to stay the same and keep us STAGNANT.
John 5:1-9 King James Version (KJV)
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 steppethdown 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.
In this passage, a man had been laying in the same place for 38 years. Although most of us had been taught that this man was “lame” the scripture describes him as an infirmity. An infirmity is defined as being impotent. Impotent is defined as unable to take effective action; helpless or powerless. So essentially the man is lame but his issue is more mental than physical. We know this because when Jesus asked him, ” Wilt thou be made whole?” and he answered ” 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”.
Take a moment to notice his response.. The question was do you want to be healed and although the man had been stagnant for 38 years his reply was an excuse.
Here’s two things that this passage showed me:
When people are in a stagnant position they will make excuse as to why they are not where they should be.
They are comfortable hanging around people that are in the same position as them.
Refer to verse John 5:2-3 King James Version (KJV). 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.
Ultimately Jesus showed the man that for his healing he really didn’t need to wait on the angel to stir the water because he could have asked for healing from his current position-if that’s what he really wanted.
Life has it’s ups and downs but we are children of God and we have to keep attempting to be better than we were yesterday because that’s what God expects of us. He expects our best. It’s not in his will for us to be STAGNANT.
So start the moving of the water and get healed!
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