But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”
Peter and John were walking into the temple to pray and they were greeted by a lame man begging for money. Peter looked at him and said, “I don’t have any money but I’ll give you something better. In the name of Jesus get up and walk!”
Instantly the man was healed and he jumped up and began praising God.
Let’s unpack this wonderful miracle. Notice the place where this miracle occurred. It was at the temple gate entrance where many people, including the Pharisees, would pass through to get inside. The lame man knew the place would be an ideal location because the Pharisees exercised their giving in front of other people to be noticed. It was guaranteed to be profitable place.
Now notice the problem that was solved. Poverty and paralyzation left the lame man with no hope or purpose. But after being healed he was filled with joy. This miracle gave him new life and purpose. There’s no problem that Jesus can’t solve.
Notice the people who witnessed this great miracle. Verse 9 says the people who saw him walking and worshipping were filled with amazement. This miracle wasn’t just for the lame man. It was for all the people to witness before Peter proclaimed the Gospel. This miracle opened an opportunity for their hearts and minds to receive the Gospel and be saved.
Are you trusting money to solve your problem? Or are you trusting in someone else to take care of your needs? Trust Jesus and allow His Word to bring you joy and amazement as He works all things out for the glory of God
Lord, instead of focusing on my negative circumstances today, I will praise You for the miracle of grace You have shown upon me. Help me to be a witness for Your glory so others can experience Your grace.