In John 5, we find a familiar story.
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made whole?” 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.”
An angel of the Lord came down and physically stirred the water to the point that people could see it moving. When they saw the movement, they acted. They jumped in the water and the first one in was made whole.
I have thought about this scripture quite often since the first of the year. But, not in relation to healing – in relation to giving.
It seems like since this new year began God has been stirring my heart at certain times to sow a seed or give an offering. It is getting easier and easier to recognize the stirring and obey the prompting.
I don’t know if I can explain it well, but it is a stirring, a movement in my spirit urging or compelling me to give. I don’t know that it has ever happened for this long of a period of time. Of course, in times past, I have been prompted to give at certain times, but this has been different. This is almost an urgency to jump in the stirred waters quickly and obey.
I thought this was something God was doing with just me – but it isn’t. I have other friends who are experiencing the same thing. Just last week, Kelita and I both gave an offering through the same place at the exact same moment – it was really odd. But it also made me see that this is something God is doing across the Body of Christ.
Why is He doing this?
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Gal. 6:7)
The Amplified Bible says it like this.
Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked [a]by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.
God wants His people to reap a harvest. However, He can’t go against His Word. We reap what we sow. That and that only, will we reap. Therefore, God stirs the waters, (stirs our hearts) and we step in and give, consequently God is making our finances restored and whole, according to His Word. Just as the sick were made whole when they stepped into the stirring waters.
I am encouraged by this. It has been on my mind all week long. God is stirring the waters. I believe He is stirring the waters for healing and causing people to go after their healing like never before. I also believe He is stirring the waters for restoration of families. And I believe He is stirring the waters for financial restoration and wholeness. I’m excited to be a part of this time. I encourage you today – watch for the stirring of the waters of your heart and when it stirs, jump in.
Appoint My Days
I walk in total triumph in every situation, for Jesus has destroyed failure in my life. I am an overcomer and can do all things through Christ. I have the victory and the victory has me! I am a victor and a king! God has caused me to triumph in every situation that comes into my life.
2 Corinthians 2:14, Phil. 4:13; I John 5:4