Escaping the icebox conditions of the conference, I quickly grabbed my boxed lunch and headed to my room. Changing into sweatpants, settling on my bed, and arranging my salad, I grabbed my Bible to spend time with the Lord.
In quiet moments throughout the weekend I filled myself with the Word. My bible always opened to the location my bookmark held. Ignoring these words I turned to favorite books and read familiar passages.
Still defrosting, I once again opened my bible and intended to turn the page. But something in my soul quietly whispered, “Stay.”
Acts 3:11 picks up with the story of a lame man being healed. The people come running, gathering around Peter and John. Yes, they were the vessels God used to heal this man, but the people’s eyes focused on them, instead of the true Healer.
“Why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” (vs. 12) Peter reminds the crowd of the one true Father and His Son. How they denied Jesus and killed “The Prince of life.”
In verse 16 Peter states, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong…”
God, not Peter, healed the lame man. Yet the people were running to praise the disciple instead of rushing to praise the Lord.
How often do I look to man instead of God?
How often do people look to me instead of God!
Just as God used Peter as a vessel, He enables friends, family, pastors, and even strangers to help us grow in the Lord. But, where does our praise go? Are our eyes focused on those we can see, or are we praising the One who made the lame man strong.
Let’s remember who the miracle-maker, healer, encourager, Savior, comforter, and creator truly is. Don’t praise the vessel. Praise The One.
Worship The Man, not a man.
Tell of His glory, not our glory.
Speak His name, not our name.
Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
Praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
Praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound;
Praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
Praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
Praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!