This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.
~ Acts 9:42
The Holy Spirit was working through the apostles in very miraculous ways, and thus the early church continued to grow. In this passage, Peter heals a paralytic and resurrects a deceased Dorcas. This, of course, is not of Peter’s own accord but solely by the will of God through the power of the Holy Spirit working through Peter. In both situations, after describing the miraculous events, Luke makes a point to state that “many people believed in the Lord” (9:42) which I believe clues us in on why God was doing these things.
Does He do these things today? Are there miraculous healings that have no plausible explanation except for direct intervention by God? Are people gifted in this manner today? I believe the answer to each of these questions is an unequivocal “yes”. God is very actively at work in the lives of those who believe in Him, and even in the lives of those who do not believe in Him. All of this supports His good and perfect will for eternity.
I am troubled by a prevailing attitude in modern society that places God behind the competing priorities of wealth, position, and power. Our society has very low expectations of God. When God does work among us, society scoffs at the notion that it was He at work and instead assigns the praise and credit elsewhere.
The faithful disciples in Lydda who retrieved Peter to pray over Dorcas had very high expectations supported by a strong faith in the Lord. God honored their faith by bringing Dorcas back from the dead; and the church grew. Let’s not put God on a shelf. Let’s acknowledge Him and celebrate Him for who He is, for what He has done, and for what He will do. Our God is an awesome God. He is the one true God. He is the great “I Am”. And He loves you.
Ponder this: Do I fully trust God? What must I turn over to Him, today?
My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, You ask me to trust You, yet I hold back. Forgive my lack of faith. Renew me, redirect my focus, and help me to completely trust You and Your perfect will. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.