Daily Devotional: Day 140
“Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6, NKJV).
A man laid at the gate of the temple gate in Jerusalem called the Beautiful, asking alms from the worshipers. One day, as John and Peter approached, he begged them for alms. Notice that he did not beg for prayer or for healing. It’s an important observation. The Bible says he had been born disabled, unable to walk. Mostly likely, he had accepted his condition and didn’t expect to be made whole. Asking for alms provided him the means to cope and survive. But his whole life was about to change.
Peter had neither gold nor silver, but he had something else to give. In his own words, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And, the man was healed. He expected to receive alms; but what he got was infinitely better. He received healing through the Name of Jesus. Thus, God exceeded the expectations of the man, by saving him from the need to rely daily on the generosity of people to survive.
God doesn’t always answer your specific prayer. He blesses you beyond your request. Whatever your expectations are, they cannot match God’s tender mercies. It’s important therefore to keep your faith alive and open. Don’t set limits for God. The man in today’s story got the surprise of his life. What he thought was an ordinary day turned out to be a day of divine visitation. He had never walked before, and probably never expected to walk. But Jesus surprised him with love and compassion. Know that Jesus is not a therapist. His plan is not to give you coping and survival skills. He is your Savior, so His plan is to bless you with life, dignity and freedom.
In the Name of Jesus, all things are possible. Each new day is a reason to be hopeful. What are your expectations today? Do you believe that Jesus is able to give you more than what you expect?
May Jesus shine upon you today! Amen.
For further study: Ephesians 3:20-21