How God Works (1)
The story of this incapacitated man’s healing is rich in lessons.
Let’s look at them for the next few days:
1) He was in a beautiful situation but he wasn’t enjoying it. ‘…A man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg…’ (Acts 3:2 NIV). When you have a stubborn problem, even if you’re in a beautiful situation, you can’t enjoy it.
2) He was close to the answer but it was beyond his reach. Every day he sat at the temple gates watching others go in and be blessed. But because of his condition, the Law of Moses prevented him from doing the same.
Is that where you are today—in church, but not able to receive what God has for you? You sing the songs, pray the prayers, and listen to the sermons, but you still have the same old problem?
3) When his moment of deliverance came, he needed help to seize it. ‘Peter said…“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up…’ (Acts 3:6-7 NIV). This man had no reason to think that today would be any different. He didn’t know God had highlighted it on His calendar as the day of his deliverance. And this could be your day!
‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you’ (2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT). The ‘right time’ for you is now. But it won’t happen until you acknowledge your need of God and get ready to receive His help. That means keeping your faith strong, your heart open, and speaking God’s promises over your situation.
‘Indeed, the “right time” is now.’ 2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT