The phrase for the blog was inspired by my younger sister Lashunda as we were talking about the man at the Pool of Bethesda in John Chapter 5. My sister told our Aunt Mary a while back that 38 years was half of that man’s life in the same condition. How many of us have dealt with the same thing over and over until we feel like there is no hope? We feel stuck. Are you willing to take the steps to get out?
Webster’s definiton of a fool is to act unwisely. The word of God is full of wisdom. Proverbs is a great book on wisdom. When we reject what the word of God says, because God is all knowing, we are acting unwise; in other words, like a fool. Proverbs 1:7 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. It is just like a parent or mentor who gives the child or student instructions because they have been there before and the child/student rejects the wisdom. That person is acting foolishly. It is the same way with God. Wisdom keeps us from dangers, making a lot of mistakes, and unnessary pain.
Most people have heard the phrase “Misery loves company.” In John 5, I noticed the man at the pool was around others who were in the same condition. It is important to get around people on a higher level if we want to go to the next level. It is easy to hang around people like us. However, it will keep us in the same state. Matthew 15:14 says if the blind leads the blind they both fall in the pit. I thank God for my dad, Aunt Mary, and others that pushed me to a higher level in God. It is because of them I gained wisdom and the favor of God. They also kept me from certain pitfalls. Even though sometimes it would hurt my feelings, they were only giving me wisdom to get me to the next level.
The man at the pool made excuses as to why he still couldn’t walk. Jesus asked the man at the pool “Do you want to be healed?” This was his response: John 5:7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” When you make a decision, you will do what is necessary to progress even if it hurts.
It is time to take action, get up, and do. Jesus didn’t entertain the sick man’s excuse: John 5:8-9 8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. God left us the word of God as a manual. Begin to do what the word says and God will give you specific instructions. The written word becomes a rhema word (right now word) for your situation as you read it.
My past blog was “Things remain the same until we make an exchange.” Just recently I applied Luke 6:38 on giving and it was multiplied to me. I begin giving what I had, encouraging others, and praying for others. My seed multiplied. I needed repairs done on my vehicle that would have cost in the thousands to repair. My brother called me and said he had the exact vehicle with lower miles and a newer model to give me. All I had to give him was a few hundred dollars. My Aunt Mary would say “Where there is a need plant a seed.” Remember nothing leaves heaven unless something is released in the natural. Whatever you loose and bind on earth is bound in heaven Matthew 18:18
To sum it all up, get around people that can push you to the next level, stop making excuses, and start getting up; act on the word. The word of God becomes living when we believe and act on it.
Don’t be “The fool at the pool!”
Prayer: God, I thank you for leaving me the word of God as a guide to keep me from making unwise decisions. I repent for not doing what the word of God says, making excuses, and acting foolishly. God, you are my Heavenly Father and wants the best for me. God, help me to die daily to my flesh and evil desires. Your word says have no confidence in the flesh. I put my trust and confidence in you because in my flesh dwells nothing good. I make no more excuses. I surround myself with people that can push me to a higher level in you, God. I get up, act on your word, and get results. I thank you for delivering me speedily. In Jesus name! Amen.