Acts 3; Deuteronomy 17-18; Job 12
He was a beggar. Friends brought him to the Temple to beg – what else could they do? There was no modern medicine to help. He couldn’t work. He had to rely on the kindness of strangers. Everyone saw him sitting there and most just went on their way. Peter saw him and got his attention. Then the healing power of Jesus came to this man. When the crowd marveled at the healing, Peter let them know where the power came from. “By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:16) He was walking and jumping. He was praising God. As Peter spoke, the message was clear: Jesus rose from the dead so could a healing like this be harder for God? And then he preached to them about the salvation that God offers. We don’t see many healings like that these days. It may be that God deals with us in different ways or it may be that we don’t have the same faith. Christians, though, have led the way in building hospitals. They lead the way in developing charitable organizations that bring rehabilitation and restoration to people in need. And so I ask myself each and every day, “How can I bring healing to others? How can I help to restore others to function in society as God intended them to?” How can we make a difference in the lives of people who need the grace of God?
Lord, there are many people in need. Help me to do more than just give alms. Help me to bring Your healing power that restores people to their full purpose in You. Use me to bring Your healing to others.