John 5:5-8 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 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? 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. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
This passage reminds me of the somber reality that there are people in need, people hurting, people who are open, and seeking, and ready to be helped, if they just had a man to help them. Here we see a man who had been in this situation for 38 years. That’s a LONG time! And he sat there, year after year – 38 times – so close to being healed, but he had no man to help him. The reminder for me this morning is that there are people like this all around me, and around the world. They’re tired of the sin, the hurt, and the sickness, and are ready to be helped and healed. And since Ezekiel, the Lord is looking for a man to make a difference. My prayer is that I’d be a man who is willing to make that difference.