It is always important to be focused when you’re behind the wheel, but I try to be even more focused when driving to a place that I’ve never been before. I don’t even like to answer my cell phone while I’m driving because the only voice I want to hear is, ‘In one mile, turn left’ or ‘You have reached your destination’.
Because I don’t know where I’m going, I have to trust the voice of a woman on my phone – who I don’t know and have never met – to take me to a place that I’ve never been before. To reach my destination, I must pay close attention to her instructions and follow them.
It’s the same way with God. We have never been where God is wanting to take us, but we have to trust that He knows the way. In fact, He is the Way. All we have to do is obey His instructions.
When Jesus asked the impotent man if he wanted to be whole, he was really asking the man to make a decision. The man told Jesus that he had no one to put him in the pool when the water was troubled, but then he makes a surprising statement. But while I am coming, another steps down before me (John 5:7).
Wait a minute.
His problem wasn’t that he couldn’t move. His problem was he kept stopping. His problem was he kept getting distracted. Have you ever noticed that the moment something new is about to happen in your life, the old comes? Old things. Things that God delivered you from. Old boyfriends or girlfriends. Old ways.
Old things are nothing but distractions. Distractions come to confuse you, to take you in many directions (except for the right direction) and to keep you from possessing the thing that God has said He has given you. This man was at the right place. He was near the pool. He was so close, but he was more focused on the people than the pool.
The old wants to keep you from entering into the new. It is waiting and seeking for an opportunity to enter back into your life, but this time you will be wise and not foolish. You will no longer be taken advantage of by the enemy. Though you may stumble, you will not fall. You will please the Lord.
The enemy only brings old things. He may use a different person this time, but it’s still the same old thing. Just remember…you are new.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV).
Therefore if any man be in Christ, let him be a new creature. Old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new (GNV).
Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence (GW).