Acts 3:1-8 – One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk.
What astounds me from this verse is that the man was carried to the temple every day. He was lame from birth. We aren’t told how old he is when his healing took place, but we can only imagine that it was many, many years.
Again, we don’t know if he asked to be carried to the temple every day, or if his friends simply carried him there every day. But either way, he sat at that temple gate every single day.
I bet that some days were really frustrating. I bet that there were plenty of days when he was frustrated and disappointed at his inability to do what everyone else could do with ease around him. I bet he felt useless and in the way most days. And I bet that he wondered why he was the way he was more than just a few times.
Do you feel like that sometimes? Do you feel so far away from who you want to be and what you want to do? Are you frustrated by your circumstances? Do you wonder if God sees you at all?
Be encouraged that this man’s miracle was instant. Be encouraged that his daily efforts were worth it in the end. Imagine if he wasn’t carried to the temple on that exact day. Imagine if on that day, he decided to stay in bed.
Your miracle can happen in an instant too. Jesus can change your situation instantly. Believe He will, every day. Carry yourself to Him, expecting for Him to show up. Every day.