Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath chose to heal a lame man on the Sabbath. What better day to heal a man who had been lame for thirty eight years than the Lord’s holy day, right? Jesus instructed the man to pick up his mat and walk and voila! the lame man was healed.
Carrying his mat, the former lame man headed for the temple perhaps to give thanks to God. He ran into a few sanctimonious Jewish leaders who chafed at the audacity of the once lame man to carry his mat! “and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” John 5:10
They looked past the obviously stunning miracle and trained their gaze on his mat. All they could see was what the man had done “wrong”! Not “whoa, is that you?” “are you really walking?” But “you’re breaking the law”.
There are some people who will always find fault in and with you. Nothing you do, however good or well pleases them. This text made me think of David’s big brother. David showed up on the battlefield to bring him and the other brothers food and yet when he saw his little brother, the first words out of his mouth were “… “Why have you come down here? …I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; …” 1 Samuel 17:28
Needless to say David ignored his caustic remarks and moved on to better things. The lame man also continued on his journey to the temple. He didn’t let the professional fault finders slow his roll.
May God give us all the grace to ignore the fault finders, naysayers, troublemakers who make it their job to ensure we never progress, excel, succeed or get to our next level. Just keep walking in the victory Jesus has won for you and believe that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!
Love, Lady Monica ❤
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