In Sunday’s message- we looked at Acts 3:1-10 where Peter and John heal a man in 40’s who was born lame through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our focus was on expectations because this man expected to receive silver or gold. Take a look:
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. http://bible.us/acts3.2-5.niv
The man’s greatest perceived need or desire was to receive money- but if you continue to read the chapter, God had great plans. The lame man was healed through the power of the Holy Spirit-even though he never asked to be healed and maybe (after 40 years) never imagined that he could be healed.
What is your greatest perceived need right now? Likely, it’s money because who couldn’t use some more money to put in savings or to pay off some bills. Maybe its something related to your health. Maybe it’s a job. We can get caught up in our own perceived needs without asking/praying/dreaming what God wants to do in and through us. This comes in God’s timing and not ours (remember the man was lame for 40 years!) Could it be possible that God wants to do something greater in our life? Could it be possible that the our perceived need is insignificant compared to what God desires to do in our lives?
I end with one of my favorite passages in the Bible:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Galatians 3:20