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 steppeth down 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.
Some people believe that their time will never come. They have worked a number of years or have been sick for a long period of time. Some may think that God has forgotten about them, but I come to encourage you to hold on, no matter the situation. We serve a God that can do anything but fail; He knows and sees the very thing you are going through. Some things are ordained for you to go through for yourself and others for the benefit of others to see the God in you. But there will be a time when He will tell you to get up and get your things. This man had no idea that he would be able to walk after 38 years, didn’t know who Jesus was, and by his commandment was made whole.
Ever had a situation where you had the answer right in front of you but you just sat there? Understand something, it doesn’t matter how long it takes for God to move on your situation; when He does move, you be ready. Here is a man that had been at the same place for a long period of time. He had positioned himself to receive, but was too slow in getting the blessing. Sometimes, we can be in the right place at the right time and STILL come up short in what we consider the blessing will be; but everything moves by God’s timing, not ours.
Jesus asked the man a simple question, “Do you believe you can be whole?” But instead of giving Him an answer, he gave Him an excuse. How many of us give God excuses when He wants us to do something for Him. I can’t sing like her or I can pray like him…I don’t have that to give or I can’t serve on that program. For whatever reason you gave I want you right now to stop and ask for forgiveness. Stop giving God excuses and give him a “yes”. You will not be able to move to the next level with excuses; it is time for you to move from this place and go on to your next place of destiny.
After hearing the man, Jesus told him to get up, get your things, and leave (vs8). Today, the word is going forth that it’s time out for laying around on your situation. It’s time to get off your butts and get to steppin’. Stop throwing pity parties on what should happen and make it happen. He is telling you today to get up! I know it was hard, I know you have been there for a while, I know people have stepped over you but I’m here now…get up and get your things. This place was for a season, but it’s time for you to move…get up. Stop sulking over the past…it’s over. Stop talking about people that left you…it’s done. Stop worrying about the job that you didn’t get…it’s wasn’t yours. I have something better for you, get up and get your things. It’s nothing for you here now; He has completed everything for you. It’s time for you to get up and leave.