What I Have I Give Unto Thee


Acts 3:1-8

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, [being] the ninth [hour]. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted [him] up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

 

The man at the gate was looking for a temporary fix.  He needed money because he couldn’t work to provide for himself.  An alms or two would have bought him some food and helped him for the moment, but the next day he would be right back to square one.  Peter and John didn’t have what the Man wanted, but they had exactly what the Man needed.  They gave him a permanent solution.  Don’t be disheartened when God doesn’t give you the answer that you want when you pray.  He may be sending the answer that you need instead.  Instead of asking God to alleviate the symptoms, pray that God will cure the disease.