Get Up!

Scripture

Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.”  John 5:8

Observation

Here is this man, crippled, and lying by the pool Bethesda. He wants to get in the pool that he may get healing for his being crippled. But, because he is crippled, whenever the angel stirs the water, he can’t get in. He is dependent on having others put him in. But he doesn’t have anyone.

He is despairing. He is alone.

Jesus comes along and sees all this. He asks the man, “Do you wish to get well?”

I imagine in my mind while reading this, that the man starts whining. “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water… But while I am coming another steps down before me.”

Jesus’ response? “Get. Up.” Just do it He implies. It’s as if He challenges the man to stop wallowing around making excuses. “Pick up your pallet.” Get off your rear end and stop waiting for others to rescue you. “And walk.” Look around and tell people about Me. You need to move about.

Application

I need to hear, and obey, Jesus telling me to get up. Far too long, I have been just wallowing around in my own despair waiting to be rescued. I know what to do. Get up. Tell someone about Him.

Prayer

Lord, command me to get up. Help me to find someone to tell about You.

In Jesus’ Name… Amen.

But God…

Scripture

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Ephesians 2:4

Observation

A. W. Pink called this the most important phrase in the Bible.  He said it was like a great erasure.  With it, the thoughts, the implications, the actions that came before it are effectively erased.  They are made null and void.  They no longer matter.  Just like this passage in Ephesians.

Verse one says “you were dead in your trespasses and sins.”  That is a terrible way to be in.  Then that is expounded on by giving more details culminating in my spiritual lineage passed down from the father of lies through Adam, I “[was] by nature a child of wrath.”  Now, it’s time for the erasure.  “BUT GOD…”

“…being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when were were dead in our transgressions…”  Because of who God is, is all the reason He needs to do anything.  He decided that I, just like the dead who are content to remain that way, am content to remain dead in my sins, needed His love, His mercy, His intervention.

He “made us alive together with Christ.”  He erased my past and gave me new life.  With Christ.  By grace.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Application

What now?  Live.  Stop standing around doing nothing.  Serve.  Be with other Christians.  The past is gone.  The present is where I live.  The future is what I live for.  MOVE!!

Prayer

Father, thank You for life.  Help me to live it to bring You glory.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Like Job

Scripture

Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.  This also will be my salvation, For a godless man may not come before His presence. Job 13:15-16

Observation

I used to hate reading the book of Job.  He came across as a whiner to me.  But then I went through some trying times and now I can’t get enough of Job.  Job is minding his own business when God suggests to Satan that Job couldn’t be coerced into cursing God.  So, Satan takes Job’s wealth, family, and health away.  That leaves three well intentioned friends.  All they do is talk down to Job with an air of superiority.

Job is persistent.  He complains about God, wonders why God would allow this to happen, and even wishes he were dead.  But Job never curses God.  Instead, he puts his hope in God!  He even talks with God!  He has horrible circumstances yet he still seeks God’s presence through prayer.  He knows his own salvation depends on it.  In fact, he KNOWS he is able to come into God’s presence while mere godless men may not.

Application

Job is not a quitter.  He keeps pushing through.  I like that about him.  He is a praying man.  He knows that God is the only One with answers for him.  And He is the only One with answers for me.  I need to pray more and seek His presence.

Prayer

Lord, for what ever reason You have allowed me to experience the trials I am facing, I bow before You and worship You.  By the blood of Your Son I have been redeemed.  I don’t need to know why I have these trials but I want to bring glory to Your Name.  Give me strength.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.  Amen

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