In Lystra a man without strength in his feet, lame from birth, and who had never walked, sat and heard Paul speaking. After observing him closely and seeing that he had faith to be healed” Acts 14:8-9
What followed these verses was the healing miracle of the lame at Lystra by the apostle Paul.
God granted the apostles the power to perform miracles, in order that those who see their actions would glorify Him and believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior.
These were men who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, could say the words and raise a dead person back to life.
Yet…in this passage, faith was the difference between this man walking and remaining lame.
He needed to have faith to be healed.
His faith did not affect Paul’s ability to perform a healing, yet we see his faith being instrumental in him being healed. A lack of faith would have prevented him from receiving the gift of a transformed life.
On the surface, this seems quite puzzling. The measure of this man’s faith affected his ability to receive this miraculous blessing.
But this is not anything new, as in it wasn’t Paul’s bias against those who lacked faith. Jesus is recorded in Mark 10:52 healing a blind man, and speaking these words:
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10:52
Jesus is the Son of God, and He never lacked power or authority. Yet, He measured the faith of those who came to Him, and without faith, they could not find Him.
What is the impact of this story? What can we learn from it?
We must believe.
Heaven and earth are at the disposal of our Heavenly Father, but we must believe.
We must believe first for our salvation. Second, for our daily needs.
God looks at our hearts and measure the portion of our faith in Him.
It made me think profoundly about the measure of my own faith. In what ways has my faith shown that I believe in the power of God, and in what ways has it not?
I stopped and contemplated how I approach big life changes and the day-to-day dealings of marriage and motherhood in this season. And I must say, I can stand to have show more faith.
I love that Luke noted that our lame sat and listened. It is not that the man had in mind that this gentleman Paul could heal him. No, there is no indication of such thing. He was simply in awe of God, and he believed the things that Paul was teaching. His faith was not in the miracle, but in the person of Christ who Paul came to bring closer to their hearts.
Faith is our just response to God’s extended grace in Jesus Christ.
I don’t have a lame leg that needs strengthening, God be praised! But, I do have areas of my life that need nothing short of a miracle. I stand here convicted, needing to trust God more and have more faith in the fullness of Jesus Christ to heal, to mend, restore and make anew these areas that I don’t feel confident to show to the world.
He can…I need faith to be healed and receive the fullness of Christ.
Today, let’s remember that our faith to be healed and made whole is tied to the healing that our lives can receive. God stands ready to receive us and our faith makes the difference.