Acts 14:8-10 (ESV)
“(8) Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. (9) He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, (10) said in a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he sprang up and began walking.”
While we see the Apostles complete another miracle, and by no means am I down playing the importance of this miracle, the part that stood out to me was that Paul could tell by looking at this man that he had faith that he could be healed. This verse causes us to look inward, what do people see when they look t us? Do they see the God fearing righteousness that we are daily called to live out? Or do they see someone that fears God and loves their neighbors only when things are going the way it was planned in their OWN head?
Let’s analyze the situation that took place. What would’ve happened if this man woke up in a bad mood and said “Woe is me, another day of living paralyzed, the Lord must not love me, I’m just going to angry today,” do you think this man would’ve been in position to receive his blessing? I have to say no, for the Word of God says, rejoice in the Lord for THIS is the day that He has made! Perhaps this man had been going to the same church every Wednesday and Sunday for the past month, year, five years, perhaps his entire life. However, this particular day he had just had enough, finally reached the end of the line and said the church isn’t doing anything for me, I’m just going to take a day off, I’m tired! He would have allowed the devil to corrupt his mind and kept himself from an opportunity that would change his life, forever!
The point is that we cannot fathom or plan when the Lord will change the winds in our lives. We are called to withstand the attacks and faithfully love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ with all of our hearts, DAILY. We must be patient and constantly seeking to get closer to the Lord, because the closer we are to Him, the more we will trust Him and feel His love. Do not be easily defeated, we are Children of the Most High God and of He is able to take care of the birds in the air, He is more than capable to supply our needs and perform healing in our lives. Get to that place spiritually where separation is not a possibility. Obey Pray Trust. God Bless.