Gladness of heart in the Lord is your support…it’s your anchor in times of trouble…it’s the strong tower you can run to in the middle of the storm. Delight and happiness in knowing Him will be your mainstay and comfort forever.
The longer our journey with the Lord, the fewer the questions we have. The more and more we trust Him, the less we query His Will in our lives. There will come a day, when faith and peace become such an attitude of your heart… that there’s no more questions to be asked.
The crowd and religious leaders couldn’t dispute the fact that just earlier they had all walked by this beggar at the entrance to the Temple…they had in fact passed by him for years, and were well acquainted with his deformities. So it had come as a complete shock when they saw him running, jumping, and dancing in the Temple court. It was Simon Peter’s healing faith, coupled with the beggar’s faith – all in the name of Jesus – that had healed him.
Almost everyday we learn of earthquakes around the world…or we hear about volcanoes erupting and spewing smoke far up into the atmosphere. But these all pale in comparison to the Lord’s mighty power…when the heavens will be torn apart as He descends to earth…” the mountains melting beneath Him.” (Micah 1:3)
If the Lord has prospered you here on earth, your trust cannot be in your wealth, but rather in the One who has given it to you. Riches are fleeting…here today and gone tomorrow, but the Lord’s loving kindness is the only unchanging constant you can truly trust in.
When I bring my requests before the Lord, am I truly believing He will grant them? Or am I just going through the motions of asking, not really expecting the Lord to come through. Have my low expectations limited God to what He can accomplish? This verse just reminds me again not to put limits on God. I may be praying this tiny, feeble prayer, while God’s ready to do a HUGE work… despite me and my pitiful faith.
The beggar had been crippled from birth…maybe from some congenital defect such as Spina Bifida or an injury that occurred during the birthing process. His physical impairment was apparent to all, but how many times do we have invisible handicaps and defects? Many walk around emotionally crippled at the hand of abusive parents or spouses. Many are mentally crippled by poverty or social injustices that they were powerless to change. But just like this crippled beggar, we too can be healed in the name of Jesus to live a full and joyous life.