So many times, we are faced with choice of trusting God to provide what we need or what we want. Sadly, and usually, what we want is not really what we need. Our life, its struggles and disappointments–bring us to a place where we lose sight of his overall plan. We ultimately begin to become content to survive and exist rather than to truly live. Such was the case for the lame beggar at the temple gate.
He was never able to walk, and so, for his entire life, he had been dependent on the help of family and the kindness of strangers. Such a life made him helpless and hopeless and his expectations were limited to the few coins he received daily from kind strangers. Then Peter and John came to the temple gate. Peter saw the beggar and was led by God to give him what he truly needed—but would never seek. With a touch of his hand and the Holy Spirit’s power–he lifted a beggar from the ground and released a God-praising free man from a life of dependence. What a great story, what a beautiful scene.
In our lives, God leads, guides and directs us through a difficult journey. Many of the twists and turns are at best difficult and often heart breaking. We live in a fallen world, filled with sin and destruction. Sadly, it is almost impossible to finish the journey unharmed.
BUT, we serve a risen Savior, he empowers us to navigate the journey and face those trials and tribulations–knowing that he will prepare us for what is ahead, provide for what we need and lead us where we need to be to fulfill his plan for our lives.
Often we ask for God to give us a pittance so that we may survive—when, his desire is to free us from the things that enslave us and allow us to be valiant soldiers in the battle for Heaven. We must never give up or give in to the enemy’s push to render us broken and useless! “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you!” Matt 6:33
God Bless You
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 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. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
6 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.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 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.