Key Verse: Verse 9 – “And all the people saw him walking and praising God:”
Key Words: and all the people saw him walking and praising God
It was a miracle that the lame man was able to walk again. God uses the unusual so others can see His power and glory. This lame man knew why he was able to walk….because of who he was praising. It was his healing that allowed Peter and John to witness to the religious leaders of Jerusalem. It was the lame man’s healing that led to a revival (Acts 4:31).
While the miracle itself took only moments, God had it in His plan for years.
In a recent number of the "Sunday School Times" a story is told of an Eastern king which illustrates at once our delusion respecting natural processes, and also God's work and presence in them. The king was seated in a garden, and one of his counselors was speaking of the wonderful works of God.
"Show me a sign," said the king, "and I will believe."
"Here are four acorns," said the counselor, "will you, Majesty, plant them in the ground, and then stoop down for a moment and look into this clear pool of water?"
The king did so, "Now," said the other, "look up."
The king looked up and saw four oak-trees where he had planted the acorns. "Wonderful!" he exclaimed, "this is indeed the work of God."
"How long were you looking into the water?" asked the counselor.
"Only a second," said the king. "Eighty years have passed as a second," said the other. The king looked at his garments; they were threadbare. He looked at his reflection in the water; he had become an old man. "There is no miracle here, then," he said angrily.
"Yes," said the other, "it is God's work, whether he did it in one second or in eighty years."
An alcoholic became a believer, was asked how he could possibly believe all the nonsense in the Bible about miracles. “You don’t believe that Jesus changed the water into wine, do you?” “I sure do, because in our house Jesus changed the whiskey into furniture.”
What to do:
✞ You are a miracle of God. Show it and let others see Jesus praised through you. Don’t be an ordinary miracle; be an extraordinary one.
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