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Sometimes we are in the right place, but looking for the wrong thing.  Jesus encountered a man that had been coming to the pool for healing for 38 years.  What tenacity, what devotion, what faith.  But, sadly his faith, devotion and tenacity was aimed at the pool and not at the creator of the pool.  Well that was until Jesus arrived.  Jesus healed the man.  He saw his struggle, he admired his faith and ended his wait.  Jesus simply healed him. 

Soon after, the man passed the religious leaders.  He was happily walking home after being an invalid for 38 years.  Sadly, all the religious leaders noticed was that he was carrying his mat during the Sabbath…REALLY! Here stood men that had been pursuing God with disciplined fury their entire life, and on the day they run smack into him all they could see was a man carrying a mat!

Then and now, one has to focus on the right object of faith, not simply faith itself.  Unless we trust the hand of God, our faith is pretty useless.  Whether we put our faith in the rules and regulations of the day, or if we put it in some stirring waters of a fabled pool–we will be equally unfulfilled and disappointed in the obvious outcome.

God says that if we will trust HIM first and foremost–not his rules, not his creations not even his pastors, teachers and leaders–then HE will provide, protect and execute his plan for our lives.  There are no alternative ways. He does not provide a plan B.  He loves to see faith and tenacity, but, he requires that it be in the right object–HIM!

God Bless You

One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’

12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.