Do we marvel at the right things?
Acts 3:12 – And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
In our Text for Today, we see what happened when the lame man at the gate Beautiful was healed by the power of God. He went, along with Peter and John, into the temple, doing what he had never been able to do; he was “walking, and leaping, and praising God.” What he was doing, and the fact that the onlookers marveled gives pause for some deeper thought. Understanding that the onlookers were of the world makes their marveling understandable. But Peter was not of the world. Though still a babe in Christ, Peter was a son and heir of God, joint-heir with Christ, and an ambassador for Christ. It was from his different perspective that he questioned the “men of Israel.”
Let me ask you the same questions? Why, when we see a might work of the Lord in our midst, in a church service, via a televised ministry, or reported in some form of print or social media, do we marvel? Do we not know Who our God is? Do we not realize His power, both in authority and ability? I am fully convinced that the reason we marvel at such things is that we do not give full credence to the Word of the living God. We KNOW according to His Word that He is fully able to perform all He has ever done, and beyond that, all we can truly believe, according to His Word, that He can do. But we must go well beyond believing He CAN. We MUST believe that He WILL.
So, at what should the believer marvel? I believe the answer is simple. As a believer, I don’t marvel at what our God can and does do. This is in no way an attitude of disrespect or dishonor. However, He IS God. Get that settled in your heart and mind right now. He IS God, and He can and will do what God can and will do. There is no need to marvel at that, though we SHOULD at all times be thankful and bless His Name. Nor do I marvel at anything I do, for I know that in and of myself, I can do nothing, especially as it relates to the things of God. There is, however, something at which I marvel continually. And that is that God would use me. I know who I am in Christ, for it is in and by Christ that I am a child of God, and according to His Word, I am holy. But that God would pour Himself INTO and UPON human flesh in order to accomplish His divine will; salvation to the lost, Holy Ghost baptism, healing, deliverance, the miraculous….now that, my friend, is marvelous indeed. And marvel at it, I DO!
Manna for Today – Acts 3:11-26; Acts 3:1-10; Zechariah 3:7-10; Matthew 8:10; Luke 7:9