Your God is Too Small – John 5, by Ty Tamasaka

Your God is Too Small

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“7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” John 5:7-9 NIV

In the last devotion, we seen Jesus ask a probing question to the paralyzed man.  “Do you want to get well?”

Today we see his response.

“7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”  John 5:7 NIV

Basically he says, “Yeah I want to be made well, but I don’t see how it can happen.”  It was said that the waters of the pool would stir and when it did, the first to enter the pool would be healed.

The paralyzed man did what many believers do today.  He limited God to his own ideas and what he could conceive of in his mind.  He put his limitations on God.  He put God in a box. His God was too small.

Is your God too small?  Do you limit God to doing only what you understand He can do?  Have you created a small God in your head?

Here are three questions to consider from the response of the paralyzed man.

1 – Is your God too small? 

2 – What do you want to believe God for, but find yourself making excuses? 

3 – What are you doing that requires a God-sized faith?

Jesus tells the man, “Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk.” The verses continue on to tell us, “At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”

Here’s the beauty in this miracle.  Jesus does it all.  He could not say to the man, “your faith has made you well” like He did in Matthew 9:22, because the man had no faith.

The New Testament shows a number of ways people can be healed.

  • Elders of the church can anoint someone with oil and pray for healing (James 5:14-16)
  • God’s people can lay hands on each other in prayer asking God for healing (Mark 16:17-18)
  • God may grant someone a gift of healing (1 Corinthians 12:9)
  • God may grant healing in response to the faith of the person who wants to be healed (Matthew 9:22)
  • God may grant healing in response to the faith of another on behalf of the person who is healed (Mark 2:4-5 and Matthew 8:!3).
  • God may heal through medical treatment (1 Timothy 5:23, James 5:14, and Luke 10:34)

In this case, none of those methods were involved.  There was no human participation necessary.  God just sovereignly healed the paralyzed man.  He took the initiative.  He did the work.  Why did Jesus choose this paralyzed man?  We don’t know.  We may never know.  We cannot explain the grace of God.  What we do know is if it were not for the grace of God, no one would be saved.  No one would be healed.  The question still remains though, is your God too small?

Forgive me Lord for the times that I have made You too small.  Increase my acquaintance of You, in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry  He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.    

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