Filled With Wonder…
It’s amazing the number of stories in the Gospel that mention how the people that witness the power of God respond to such “miracles”. The people even refer to them as something extraordinary when, in reality, it’s simply God being God and doing what God does – love and heal His children. If we believe these events should not be something out-of-the-ordinary but rather another action taken by our Father in the care of His children that believe He is sovereign, He is God and His name is above all names. If we actually believe this with all our heart, mind and spirit there shouldn’t be any question about these things happening yesterday, today or tomorrow.
The problem most of us suffer is not knowing who, in Christ, we are and what we are to be doing. What do you want to know and what do you want to do should be ask at every turn, every step, every breath. Then we will begin to have an understanding of what God wants us to know about every situation and what His will is for every situation. Right?
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.
And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.
And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? ~Acts 3:4-12 KJB
Simon would not be able to do what Peter was able to do. Simon, while occupying the same vessel as Peter, was made new in his Christ identity and Peter was able to serve God and carry out His will in his Christ identity.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.