Faith is your spiritual hand grabbing hold of God's


Pulpit Commentary 
John 5:6...."Do you wish to get well?" 7The 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."…
"Dost thou veritably wish for health and strength?" The question implies a doubt. The man may have got so accustomed to his life of indolence and mendicancy as to regard deliverance from his apparent wretchedness, with all consequent responsibilities of work and energy and self-dependence, as a doubtful blessing. He whined out, with professional drawl, his oft-told story, reflecting very much upon his lovelessness and quarrelsomeness, and ugly temper. There are many who are not anxious for salvation, with all the demands it makes upon the life, with its summons to self-sacrifice and the repression of self-indulgence. There are many religious impostors who prefer tearing open their spiritual wounds to the first passerby, and hugging their grievance, to being made into robust men upon whom the burden of responsibility will immediately fall.
8Jesus said to him, "Get up, pick up your pallet and walk." 9Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.
He did not touch him or use any other means than his own life-giving word to confer the cure. He put forth, in royal might and spontaneous unsolicited exertion, the miraculous force. The energy of the Lord's will mastered the palsied will of the sick man, and infused into him the lacking energy.  The impotent man, the paralytic, and the man with withered hand, were severally called by Christ to do that which without Divine aid seemed and was impossible. The spiritual quickening of the mind was communicated to the ordinary physical volition, and the bare act was a method by which the palsied sufferer took hold of God's strength.

Faith is your spiritual hand grabbing hold of God's extended hand,in the time of His favour.

Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth

When we think of being meek and humble of heart we think that like the original meek and humble man Jesus,we too will end up on some painful cross. We feel that being all pumped up and excited like a true go-getter or winner just doesn't fit this bill.But this is far from the truth. Meekness is NOT helplessness.Far from it.It is being all powerful (read "with all God's power available to you ~Matthew 26:53 ") and choosing to keep it  under wraps.Great power UNDER control.That's what
meekness is.

Be determined and confident (Joshua 1:9),but not in your own prowess,(trust me, it's not enough). Meekness is not being irresolute or pusillanimous.Such a person would  rightly be called a pushover,easily swaying towards the path of least resistance.If meekness meant being easily discouraged or completely lacking in self-assurance,then Jesus would have listened to Peter (Matthew 16:16,22,23) when he (who confessed ,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." )said with full conviction that Jesus shouldn't suffer or die.Jesus rebuked Peter and pressed on towards Jerusalem.

Now would a humble man be confident or diffident ? A man who is humble because he  knows that his last victory was a fluke would be diffident. A man who is humble because he knows that his last victory was due to God's intervention on his behalf,is not confident of himself,but decides that irrespective of the outcome ,his effort will be the best possible by him,he will be obedient to God and therefore be confident as God has commanded him to be.Only a confient person will be able to push himself beyond his breaking point,to press on towards the impossible goal, like a mad man.He can do so because he knows that God only waits for proof of our undaunted dedication to do His will selflessly *after which God does his miracles...he knows that God is faithful and God will not fail him.

That's how it works,the meek man will be the determined and confident man and this man perseveres,builds character by keeping on choosing to stick to his guns,in God's time sees the rewards and in the end: wins / inherits the earth! He is so humble that he does the simple small things which when done consistently amount to pure genius even.Here I'm reminded of Naman. Initially Naman (the pagan,leprous yet valiant soldier )felt too proud to do something as simple as bathing himself seven times as commanded by Israel's prophet Elisha. Pride wants to do great things,(preferably )once; not little insignificant things,many times.
2Kings 5:13 Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” 14 So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.

Blessed are the dutiful doers of mundane obligations, to whom success doesn't seem likely.Blessed because God is the God who lifts up the lowly.So, blessed are these, for they will win.However,be informed that terms and conditions apply: hard work,denying self and carrying the cross are all included in this package.As St.JoseMaria Escriva  said,"Those obligations which you freely accepted are wings that raise you high above the vile mud of your passions."

* John 2:7-10 First we should obey Jesus' simple command,fill all 6 stone jars to the brim.Ah then,he does give "the good wine", :)