Here in Acts 3 we have an encounter between a lame man, and Peter and John. We find out at the start of the chapter that this lame man had been lame since birth, and that each day he was carried to the temple gate called Beautiful to beg for money from those who were going to the temple courts.
It says in Acts 3:3-5 “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.” Here we see that the lame man has an expectation that he is going to receive something from Peter and John as they walk by. And the lame man was right in expecting to receive something from them; however, he was expecting to receive a monetary donation from them, yet what Peter and John had to give to him was much more than that!
The lame man had an expectation of what he was going to receive, yet God had greater things to give to this man. As I was reading this chapter, it got me thinking: am I expecting the right things from God? I wonder if too often we are ready to settle for much less than what it is that God wants to give to us, and the low expectations that we have so often robs us of that which God has for us! This lame man would have settled for the financial donation from Peter and John, but God had so much more for him!
Peter replies “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Peter didn’t have any money to give to this man. However, what he did have was authority from Jesus to heal the sick! And so, Peter gave the lame man power, in the name of Jesus, to rise up and walk! And look what Peter then does next, “taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.” Peter had such faith that he was able to take this lame man by the hand and help him to his feet, knowing that he had been healed.
However here is what I want to finish with today: to be in a place where we have to say ‘silver and gold I do not have’ is considered a bad place to be in. However, how much worse is it if we are unable to say ‘in the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.’? Let’s pray today that the Lord would increase our faith.