The Beautiful Gate
Friday, 15th of September 2023
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Have you ever been in a situation where you expected one thing but received something far better? That's exactly what happened to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate. Today's devotional will dive into this miraculous story to inspire and affirm that God's plans for us are often beyond what we could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
"Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour" (Acts 3:1). Note that Peter and John were intentional about their spiritual discipline. They had a set time for prayer, just like Daniel, who prayed three times a day (Daniel 6:10). The ninth hour is the same as our 3 p.m. – it was the time of the Jews’ daily evening sacrifices and prayers and the time of Jesus’ death on the cross. Consistency in your prayer life sets the stage for miracles to happen.
The lame man was placed "daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful" (Acts 3:2). The Beautiful Gate serves as a metaphor for places in our lives where we are stuck, yet they seem wonderful to us. It's easy to become complacent and accept less than God's best for our lives.
When the man asked for alms, Peter commanded him, “Look at us” (Acts 3:4). Sometimes, we focus so much on our lack or problem that we miss the solution. Isaiah 60:1 says, "Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." Peter wanted the man to shift his focus from his condition to the solution—faith in action.
"Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6). The man expected coins but received a transformation that money couldn't buy. Isn't that just like God? He gives us above and beyond what we think we need, akin to when Jesus turned water into wine; not just any wine, but the best wine (John 2:1-10).
"And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength" (Acts 3:7). When God acts, transformations can be instantaneous. There's a powerful illustration here: The man needed a touch, a pull into his destiny. Do you have a Peter or John in your life, someone to help lift you up?
"So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God" (Acts 3:8). The man didn't just walk; he leapt! There’s something incredibly profound in his audacious leap of faith. His joy could not be contained, much like David, who danced before the Lord with all his might (2 Samuel 6:14).
Today, if you find yourself at your own "Beautiful Gate," expecting just enough to get by, lift your eyes. God has more for you. It's time to rise up and walk into the abundant life He has promised in John 10:10: "I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly."
Heavenly Father, help us recognise the "Beautiful Gates" in our lives where we've settled for less. Empower us to rise, walk, and leap in faith so that our stories may inspire others to seek You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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