“I HAVE NO MAN”
John 5:1-12 (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. (KJV)
In the year 1624, John Donne said: ‘No man is an island’ because he realised that man will always have needs and must relate with one another to thrive. This is particularly true because God will not come down physically—He uses His creations to support His children. However, human beings, instruments and institutions may sometimes disappoint due to their peculiar limitations. No wonder David declared in Psalms 108:12: “Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless” (NIV). Therefore, where do we go when we are unable to connect with sources of help or where the ability of man fails? The story of the man in our Bible reading provides an excellent answer to this question.
Once a year, an angel unsettles the water at Bethesda, and whoever first got into the pool was instantly healed. For this reason, the sick, the blind and many with several disabilities gathered around this pool. Among these sets of people was a certain man who had been there for 38 years. One day, Jesus walked by, seeing and knowing his situation, asked him: “Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man replied: “‘Sir, I have no man’ who can quickly take me into the pool”. That same moment, Jesus made him whole!
Beloved, you might have a wealthy background, robust bank account and a concrete circle of influence. Glory be to God! But there may still be someone like the man in Bethesda who had no man. I mean a fellow like Bartimeaus who took his destiny into his hands not to look at man but Jesus (Mark 10:46-52). Do you have a man? Check—the reason many people have not been assisted is because they over-depend on human possibilities. Stop depending on man, only trust in God (Psalms 121). This is because nobody can assist you if the Lord had not prompted them. The hearts of kings belong to God, He can unsettle them until they locate you (Proverbs 21:1). Seek help from above!
Hymn: Jesus Saves – Priscilla J. Owens (1882)
- Father, You are the ‘Help of the helpless’, please send help to me on all sides this week (mention).
- Decree and prophesy Psalms 121.
- Father, whatever it would take, please don’t let me eat the poisonous food of the enemy.
- Father, You know my present situation that things are so…bad, hard (mention). Please, turn my groaning to glory!
- Father, in every area that my family, the Church, nation and I, need healing. Please, touch us tonight!
- Grant me the grace to always dress well and attract favour everywhere I go.
“DEPEND ON THE SOURCE, NOT THE RESOURCES”
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