One Day

“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled 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 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. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God” (Acts 3:1-8).

“One day” – how many days do you suppose that Peter and John passed by this same man? What made this day different from the day before or the day before that? It’s still Peter and John; it’s still three in the afternoon; it’s still the gate called Beautiful. Why this day was the one day that God chose to heal, we don’t know. To us mortals, any day and every day is a good day for a healing–a good day to see someone jump to their feet and praise God. But, God’s ways are not our ways. He said, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

There is a big difference between heaven and earth–between His thoughts and ours.

That isn’t to say that we don’t please God by having a “quick to see healing” attitude; we do. But, we also can’t lose heart when He delays. Would it have turned out different if He had been healed on a different day? We don’t know. And, that’s our problem; we don’t know. We have to trust that God knows what He’s doing when He chooses the “one day” for us. His love for us is every day, and His desire for us is only good. He proved that on that one day when He carried our cross. So, if you find yourself waiting, don’t lose heart. One day is coming.


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