The Beautiful Miracle

Acts 3:1-10:
Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, "Look at us." So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk." And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them- walking, leaping, and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Let's be honest, us humans, we are very needy people. We have all kinds of needs. A lot of what we think of as needs are, in most cases, wants; not needs at all. Either way, we are still a needy crowd. We are always going to God with our wants and needs. It is good to trust God enough to let him know what you are needing and believe that he will supply it. Every now and then, God sword of throws us for a loop, doesn't he?

Sometimes we go to God in prayer and we ask him for something that, in our lives, we absolutely cannot live without. A good example of what I am talking about is money. Money makes the physical (not spiritual) world go round. We have to have it in order to survive. There are times when we get ourselves into a pinch and need more of it. So we ask. In these times, there are sometimes other things that we need at the time that are a whole lot more important than money. We may not be able to see it at that time because we are too bogged down with material concerns and lose sight of what really matters most, our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Just in time, God performs a miracle in our lives that changes us forever. I do not mean he makes us millionaires, but he gives riches more worthy than that of silver and gold.

That is exactly what happened in this story. The man at the gate was lame, he could not walk. He was laid there everyday to ask for money. Just like us today, he needed money in order to survive. His condition prevented him from being to go out and earn a check so he had to beg for it. As Peter and John walked by, he was begging them to give a hand out, some money, so that he could sustain himself financially. God had different plans. Peter said to him, I don't have what you want, but I have what you need. In the names of Jesus, I give it to you, now get up and walk! The man rises up and his legs and ankles are strengthened and he doesn't just walk, but he leaps and runs heading into the temple. As I was reading, "So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them.", God laid something upon my heart. This is the exact process that we follow as we begin to trust in God. We are first able to get up out of our circumstances, out of our current situation and then we start to walk with God, leaning on him instead of trusting in our own ability, and after we have learned to fully rely on God, we are then able to enter into his presence. The man in this story was expecting Peter and John to give him some cash, just like God does in so many situations, He did not give the man what he was asking for but instead, God gave him what he needed. This miracle that God performed in the man's life enabled him to never have to beg again. That's where God takes us in these times. He may not give us what we wanted, but what he does give us sustains our needs for right now and for the future.

God, being as awesome as he is and his timing as perfect as it is, sends down miracles that affect several lives at one time. It was no different in this story. Here are two men, Peter and John, their friend, Jesus, just murdered by the Pharisees and hard nosed Jewish community, a man that they dearly loved and followed over the last few years, were heading back to ordinary life. They were on their way to the temple to pray at the ninth hour. The practice of daily prayers grew from the Jewish practice of reciting prayers at set times of the day, 9am, noon, and 3pm. They were quickly falling back under the law and into ritual and ceremony. Along the way, they find this man that cannot walk and he is begging for money. They pass him by at first, then pause for a moment to think about the practices and teaching of Jesus. They decide to exercise this thing they have been learning about straight from the Teacher himself, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. I believe this miracle gives them the boost of faith that they needed in order to carry out the works that Jesus said they would do after he was no longer with them.

Isn't it wonderful when you think about this story and apply the meaning to three different people with different agendas and seeking totally different results. That is just how awesome God is! It is absolutely beautiful when we are blessed and favored by God enough to witness his miracles and see what kind of results come about. The great news is, God is still in charge, Jesus is still on the throne, and miracles still happen. Do not let anyone deceive you into thinking that miracles are not for today. If that were so, that would mean that God's promises are not true and we all know that is not the case! So hold on to the horns of the alter, and do not give up; God is about to do something great in your life! God bless you! We love you!


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