• Staci Sweet

Imagining The Ways of God

So you’re in a seemingly impossible situation. You’ve gone to the Word, found a scripture where God delivered and you’ve been believing and confessing that He’ll do the same for you. But because it’s been so long, many of you think you’re waiting on God; and for some, you are – but for most – you’ve been waiting in vain. Why? The problem is that you’re waiting on Him to do it in a specific way. Take the man that had been infirmed thirty-eight years in John 5:5-7;

a certain man…had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him…He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 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 the man responded, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up’; what he was really saying is that in order for him to be made well, he’d have to have help being the first one in the pool. Without that happening, he thought it would be impossible. But notice what Jesus tells him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ (John 5:8) He didn’t tell him, ‘Okay, well I’m going to send someone to help you the next time the water is stirred.’ No, that man’s wellness didn’t come because someone helped him; neither did it come in the way he thought it would; it came as a result of him doing what the Lord told him to do.

So many times you’ve limited God’s ability to get you out of your condition because you’ve imagined how He’s supposed to do it. You need to understand that God’s not required to handle your situation the way you envision or the exact same way He did it for someone you know; neither is He obligated to do it exactly how He did it in the Bible. Stop imaging the way He’ll do it and stand on the truth that He does.

Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, will You please forgive me when I thought you were going to get me out of this the way I imagined? Lord, however You decide to handle this thang is fine by me. I just ask You for the strength and faith to do my part and the grace to keep my mind and imagination off the situation. In Jesus’ name.

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