Friday 10 April, 2020

Acts 9:32-43

32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up. 35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them. 40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.

There are 2 things in this passage that resonate with me through the ages. Firstly, God ALWAYS puts the right people in the right place at the right time. For both Aeneas and Dorcas, God positioned Peter to do His work. It was after all God not Peter who performed these miracles. Secondly, there is POWER in the NAME OF JESUS. In this passage a man was restored to his mobility, in the second a woman raised from the dead. In both cases where there was death, Jesus bought life and from that God was glorified. So am I open to being positioned by God, to be used by Him? Am I prepared to bring Jesus into all parts of my life, all circumstances so that God can bring life from death and be Glorified? In the times we are currently facing there will be moments when you and I will be that person, called by God. 

Lord help me to be your faithful witness. Position and use me Lord so that others may be blessed by you. In the mighty Name of Jesus Amen. 

Written by Christine Knight

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