In John 5:1-15 a man was laying paralysed by a pool in Jerusalem, waiting for 'an angel of the Lord [who] came down to the pool and stirred up the water. After the angel did this, the first person to go into the pool was healed from any sickness he had' (John 5:4 NCV). Great situation, right? Great place to wait, and a good amount of hope that he might get healed. He'd been waiting 38 years! When Jesus met him, the man explained 'I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me' (John 5:7 NLT). So close but so far. No friends helping him and no help from the religious leaders (see John 5:9-10). The story went pretty well after he met Jesus though - the man was miraculously healed.
If you've been struggling in church, for whatever reason, you can still have hope. Even if it's been years, if you've been in the right place but haven't got any help, there is hope. Jesus can meet you, even in that same church.
If you can answer His 'Do you want to get well?' (John 5:6) and His 'Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk' (John 5:8) with an obedient, faith-filled step toward Him, you can get well even where you've been sitting waiting for years.
So what now? Next time you have some alone time, pray through anything that you may need healing for. If you're ready, tell Jesus that you want to be well.
Soulfood : Ex 25-27, John 4:13-26, Ps 89:38-52, Prov 26:23-26