I was reading in Acts last night, like I have been for a while, and I was flipping to the chapter I was on, but my eyes stopped at Chapter 3 at the Story of Peter and John healing the lame man. I have read this passage and heard this story probably 100 times in my life, and so when I had read through this the first time it was more of a skim through. But God told me to reread this last night, and He wrecked me up!
3Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 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!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And ALL the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. | Acts 3:1-10
Now we read that and we think, Oh cool Jesus empowered Peter and John to heal the lame man. That’s so miraculous……and we just move on.
But NO! God didn’t stop there. God didn’t just heal the lame man’s legs, He taught them to walk. If you think of babies, you know that they don’t just get up and start walking. They first learn to crawl, then they learn to stand, and then take a few steps before they start to actually walk. When a person loses their ability to walk due to an accident, even in adults, they have to re-teach their legs how to do their job. So God not only healed the man’s legs, He also taught them exactly what to do, all in that moment. He is a God who not only wants to bring us healing, but He wants to teach us something through the healing.
Then, after the man was healed, he did something right: He praised God. The purpose of God’s miracles is to bring Himself glory. It’s not to be miraculous. He does things in order that in that moment, He can have the most glory. And it’s not ours to bask in. The man, IMMEDIATELY began leaping and praising God for the healing that had taken place. And because of his understanding of this, something else incredible happened: “All the people saw him walking and praising God.” When we are obedient and we learn to praise the Father for when He heals and restores us, PEOPLE NOTICE. And, when people notice, they are able to be exposed to the glory of God.
So the point of this is to understand a few things: God first brings healing, not to be miraculous, but to bring Himself glory. Then he teaches us from that healing so that we are left with a purpose, and we then share that with others through praising God, and people will notice and praise God along with you!
My challenge to you today is to ask God for healing where you need it, but more than that, ask that He would teach you something through that healing process so that you can praise Him for it and so that others will see God through you being healed.