Peter Heals a Lame Beggar
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3 (NIV)
How many times do we think we know what God should provide for us? We ask for a career advancement, good test results, a restful vacation, or whatever we think we need. Then, God being God and knowing way more than any of us does, answers according to what we really need, not what we think we want.
Sometimes, we may ask God for help, but He might answer with – “I’ve got something better in mind.” I know we’ve talked about this before, but if God answered all of my prayer requests the way I think He should right from the beginning – my life would not be what it is now and wouldn’t be filled with so many blessings from above.
This man thought he wanted money, but the disciples gave him so much more – a relationship with God and healing of his legs. How many times does that happen in our lives? We think we know exactly what will make us happy, secure, or content. Turns out – He knows what is best and down the road – reveals the way for us.
Heavenly Father, help us to remember that we can ask You for what we want but help us not to be surprised when You give us what we really need. Help us to remember – You know what is best. We love you and we thank you. Amen.