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Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do 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.
Acts 3: 6-8 New International Version (NIV)
In John chapter 2; inquisitive as always, Peter had a question to ask of the Lord. Not anything serious; just out of curiosity, yet quick to try highlighting to the Lord ‘what about John, what’s going to happen to him?’
The Lord had to respond with a note of correction and if I may paraphrase it means to me ‘Don’t bother about what happens to others, you just follow me and remain focused’.
Also when the disciples got inquisitive to know the time of restoration of Israel; the Lord had to urge them not to give heed to dates and time of change and restoration but to remain focused on receiving power and focus on bigger purposes.
The Lord’s instruction had a message ‘Turn the focus….
….Shift focus to a different direction if you wish to seek a different solution. Cast your net on the other side, maybe it will lead you to a path that leads to fulfilment of your greater purpose.”
In obedience to the Lord’s instruction, Peter waited on the Lord in the upper room along with the other disciples, not sure, yet hoping the resources required for the seemingly impossible thing God was calling him towards would come down.
As Peter waited the power of God fell on the day of Pentecost and Peter was empowered for the new direction.
Soon thereafter Peter saw the beggar at the temple gate called ‘Beautiful’. A man, lame from birth. A man, whose only focus for a long time was to beg and hope for few coins as a means of survival.
Peter however decided to challenge his newly acquired empowerment probably as a means to test if there was a bigger purpose God had for the lame man than just loose change;
A man begging for survival, went walking and leaping in the name of Jesus spoken through Peter.
There is no mention of Peter saying ‘Lord forgive me, I underestimated your words, your purpose, your love, your power’
Personally however; having experienced the Lord working some amazing miracles in and through my life I have certainly been brought to a place where I had to say, “Lord forgive me for underestimating your love, your promises and the power of your name in my life for greater purposes than just survival.