This photo was taken in Israel with my husband Derek and my daughter Carly. Taking a step-in-faith, we went somewhere we had never been before.
In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, “stand up on your feet!” At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. Acts 14:8-10
I wonder why this specific story is in the Bible. Was it to show the Holy Spirit was authenticating Paul’s preaching of the gospel? And yet many people believed without witnessing a miracle. Did it show God’s compassion to the hurting people of this world? Though this man never specifically asked for healing, there were many sick people that Paul preached to that never received healing and still felt the compassion of the Lord.
Yes, the Lord was authenticating Paul’s message, and yes, the Lord did show compassion on this man, but maybe there is more to the story. The Word tells us this man from Lystra was listening to Paul, listening so intently that in the midst of a crowd he got Paul’s attention. What Paul saw was a man that believed the message of the Good News. Paul saw his faith in Jesus Christ and then challenged him to do the very thing he probably most wanted to do; walk. He didn’t know how it would feel to walk, or even how to walk, but he jumped up and gave it a try.
When we have faith in Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit’s help to do something we’ve never done before. Do you hear the Lord speaking to you? Are you listening? Just because you’ve never done something before doesn’t mean you can’t do it. What is the Lord asking of you today? Listen carefully, then jump up and give it a try.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, fill us with faith, and help us be better listeners, so we can do the things you ask us to do. Amen