Troubled for Blessing

John 5:4
“For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.”

For thirty-eight years a man laid at the pool of Bethesda waiting to be the first to enter the waters when they were troubled. For thirty-eight years this man was never the first one into the troubled waters because every time he rolled his body to get into the water, someone else got into them first. There was no family who tried to help this man into the waters. There were no friends who would stay to help this man. For thirty-eight years he tried to get into the troubled waters but failed. It wasn’t until Jesus came his way and healed him that he was able to receive the healing he desired for thirty-eight years.

However, we often miss one truth from this story that can be helpful to many. The verse above says, “…whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole…” It wasn’t the calm waters that healed others of their infirmities, but it was the troubled waters that healed them. It wasn’t waters that were at peace that became a blessing to others, but the water had to be troubled so they could become a blessing. It was only in troubled waters that others were helped.

Just like these waters had to be troubled to be a help to others, God will often send your life through troubled waters so that you can be a blessing to others. It is hard to be a blessing to others whose lives are troubled when you have never experienced the troubled waters yourself. It is only through your troubled waters that you can be a blessing to others. Let me give you a couple of thoughts that will help you.

First, God allows troubles in your life so that you can help others. Everyone goes through troubling times, but few face troubled waters that completely upend your life and change the course of it. You are going to have to understand that God sends these troubled times your way so that you can help others. I often tell people that He allows His children to be the object lessons to help others in their troubles. You will find that your troubled waters will open the doors to help others if you will accept them as a tool to be a blessing to others. God doesn’t send you through troubled waters to make you miserable, but He sends you through them so that you can better help others.

Second, troubled waters will trouble you if you don’t help others in their troubled waters. If all you do is focus on what the troubled waters have done to your life, you will never be able to use them to help others in their troubling times. Too many people become bitter through their troubled waters because they focused on the troubled waters instead of using them to be a blessing and a help to others.

My friend, it truly comes down to one thing, what you focus upon determines whether your troubled waters are bitter or are used to make you better. I know what it is like to go through troubled waters, but these troubled waters are never going to help others if they become the source of our focus. Let me encourage you to realize that your troubled waters were sent your way so that you can become a blessing to others. Stop looking at how they have disrupted your life, and accept them as a source to be a blessing to others.

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