Skip to content Skip to footer

Don’t Lose Hope


‘When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” ‘       John 5:6-9,11 NIV


This man had been waiting but the pool was in his condition for about 38 years. We do not know how long he had been waiting by the poolside to get in but when asked by Jesus to be healed, it is clear that this man had lost hope and given up. He gave an excuse why he couldn’t be healed. Yet, here we have Jesus presenting him with hope. Is there anything in my life that I had been hoping for and never seen come to pass such that I am unbelieving and almost bitter? This man only complained that no one helped him, am I affected in the same way, so that even when God offers a way out, I am skeptical and untrusting? 


  1. Stay sensitive to God. There are times when we are left waiting for something to happen. We are waiting for God’s answer to our prayer. If we give up hope we may miss God’s answer, because we have stopped expecting Him to answer. His answer may come in a different way than we expect but it doesn’t mean He is not answering. Keep sensitive and expect God’s answer.
  2. Did just sit there if nothing is happening. We may receive an answer from God which is to “wait.” Do not keep still, be open to the opportunity to train or discipline yourself. God may have something bigger than we can handle at the moment and He is waiting for us to be ready to receive that blessing. 


Dear God Almighty, thank you for your patience with us. Thank you that though we are not worthy of your blessings, through Jesus, we are made worthy. Like this man in lame man in this story, you bless even if we are not expecting it. It was not by his faith, but by your will that he was healed. Help us to keep our eyes focused on you and to remain hopeful. Help us to also be ready to receive the blessings that you have for us. Please also forgive me for the times I have been so stubborn and looking for your answer in the way I wanted to see it happen that I have missed your blessing. I love you and choose to look to you with the expectation that you hear my prayers, and you hear our prayers. Thank you for loving us and for caring for us. I ask of this in Your Name, Jesus! Amen!



イエスは彼が横たわっているのを見て、長い間このような状態であったことを知り、彼に言われた、「あなたはよくなりたいのか」。「病人は答えました。「先生、私には、水がかき混ぜられたとき、プールに入るのを手伝ってくれる人がいません。私が入ろうとしている間に、他の人が先に下りて行ってしまいます。そこで、イエスは彼に言われた。「起きなさい。起きなさい。そして歩きなさい。すると、その人は治り、筵を拾って歩いた。その日は安息日であったが、彼は答えた。「私をよくしてくれた人は、私に『筵をとって歩きなさい』と言ったのです。「ヨハネ5:6-9,11 NIV




何も起こらないなら、ただ座っているだけでいいのです。私たちは、神から “待ちなさい “という答えを受け取るかもしれません。じっとしていないで、自分を鍛え、訓練する機会に心を開いてください。神様は、私たちが今できることよりも大きなことをしていて、私たちがその祝福を受け取る準備ができているのを待っておられるのかもしれません。



Leave a comment