He Provides Our REAL Needs
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.
The beggar was asking for gold and silver, he was asking for things that he thought would satisfy him. But in reality it wasn’t what he really needed. God knew that his real needs differed from what he was begging for. In those times, if you were not capable of work, or able to walk, you were just cast away to the side. Daily he was put there by someone, to just beg all day long. He did this his whole life. This is how he was born, he was regulated to fend for himself by asking for money daily. It made sense, money equaled ability to buy food and then you are able to eat. The beggar knew his place in society because of his condition, that this was his destiny and it was his plight. But then Peter and John came and instead of giving him what people normally give him, they gave him something so much more. Instead of giving something that will temporarily take care of an issue, God was about to change his life. The ability to walk enabled the beggar to enter back into society. The ability to walk also show how powerful God is. This simple miracle not only changed the destiny of the beggar, it showed off how awesome God is.
Sometimes we think we need something but in reality we need something else. Sometimes our needs not visible to us because we are caught in a reality that we have just accepted. God sees through our shallow request and goes to the heart of the matter. He knows our deepest needs. There were times in life where I really needed something like money or food, and while I did need those things to survive, God knew that in order to really live I needed something else. In this case it was a change in scenery I needed. He provided that and that is when things really changed. So we should always preface our prayers for our needs with a request from God to provide our real needs. We should ask God to take care of the root of the issue not to just take care of the surface.
Thank you Lord for this reminder that I need to ask for you to provide for my real needs not what I perceive to be a need.