What does your reality look like? Are you dealing with financial difficulties? Health problems? Strains in a relationship? This question is misleading in a way, because the fact is, no matter who you are it is likely that you are dealing with something that falls into these categories. Perhaps you are experiencing deep suffering and your trials fall under all of these headings. It can be overwhelming.
Sometimes when we go through these types of things, it seems like God is so far away. The reality of what we are facing is so powerful and often, in our mind, it appears that God’s power is not nearly sufficient. Day in and day out we struggle through our reality; hoping one day it is not as painful or it simply disappears. What if our struggle is important to our spiritual growth? What if we needed it as a part of the kingdom building process?
In this passage, Peter approaches a man who has embraced his reality. He was born unable to walk. This was a fact he was used to, because that was all he had ever known. He set up camp in places where he could observe people living normal lives, and being content in their situations. He begged daily because that was his primary source of income. In fact, being healed was not in his mind at this point. It would have been silly to think that one day he could spontaneously walk. Peter had a different agenda, though. The Holy Spirit empowered Peter and this beggar got up and walked.
If you are a Christian, you already know God can heal, and that He provides. His timing is perfect, and often that frustrates us, because His timing is different than ours. If we are not careful, our circumstances can speak to us louder than God’s power. We tend to become so distracted by our reality that we think that our reality somehow confines God’s ability. We listen to what is causing us pain instead of His promises. Then, the truth that we gain from the pain overshadows the real truth: that God can do anything.
Do we believe that His power can overcome our circumstances? God honors faith, but He also honors honest desperation. Call out to Him today and expect a miracle. Also, don’t forget to share what He has done for you, so that others can see His goodness.
Prayer for today: Jesus. I repent of the times where I didn’t believe that you were enough. Help me to remember your power and provision. Help me to have peace until the answer comes. Amen
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos. You can find his blog here: ministrysauce.com