Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Daily Devotion: Unaided

Bible Reading: John 5:1-9

Key Verse: Verse 7 – “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.”

Key Words: Sir, I have no man

Think about your life and I can assure you that at some point there was someone God used in order for you to have accomplished the things you have accomplished.

Today, you may feel as though you have no one to help. Let me assure you that you do – His name is Jesus.

Derek Redmond was a runner on the British sprint team. He was running the four-by-four hundred relay with his teammates. At the onset of the race, his team was moving nicely along the track. Then came the baton handoff to Derek. His job was to bring it home. His last leg of the race should have brought his team and good ol’ England a gold medal. But as he turned the corner, he pulled an Achilles tendon and fell flat on his face. He lay there on the ground, in desperate pain. He didn’t want to be there, but he was in too much pain to get up.

He began to crawl along the track. You could hear a pin drop, as all eyes focused on him trying to scratch his way forward. It was in the midst of this unfolding drama that a man came down from the stands, went over to the track, and picked up Derek Redmond.

One of the judges said, “I am sorry, sir, you must leave the track.”

The older gentleman waved his hand and said, “Leave me alone, this is my boy.”

Derek Redmond’s father left the stand from on high and came down where Derek Redmond had fallen down to the dust, the dirt of defeat. He picked him up and put him over his shoulder. He put his arms around his son’s waist and helped him cross the finish line. The crowd stood up in applause. Derek Redmond and his father got more applause than the runners who didn’t fall at all. The people who never fell didn’t need help from their daddy. The people who never fell never needed help. They were sufficient to make it on their own.

Today, there is someone in the stands who sits up on high, who is willing to come down, pick you up, and let you put your arm around His shoulder. He’ll put His arm around your waist, and He’ll drag you across the finish line. You can still come across the line, a winner, for the glory of God, by relying on Him to carry you through.

What to do:

Allow God to have His way in your life, His help can strengthen you each day.

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