One of the TV episodes that I used to watch many years ago was titled, “The Rich also cry”. It was a program that focused on the problems that face well to do families whom we may be tempted to think have everything working for them. The program was showing that in life, people from all walks of life battle unimaginable challenges that we know nothing about. This reminds me of a man in the scriptures who is described as lame but sitting at a temple gate called beautiful. It shows the paradoxes that many of us go through in life. We look strong and well to do from the outside but our inside many of us are lame. We may cover our pains with a smile yes but deep down we are hurting. Those are the paradoxes that life often brings our way. I will never forget a friend of mine who is a senior government official who asked me once to pray with him. Staying in one of the dream estates but they would not see each other with the wife face to face. The challenge was eating him from within. It’s possible to drive the best car there is but still be lame from within. You can leave in a dream house but still be lame from within. The beautiful thing is to know that God knows and understands the lame who are sitting begging at the beautiful gates. God knows that silver or gold may not work but He is willing to make them walk in newness of life, victory and vigor that are found in Jesus. We must be willing to admit our limitations and vulnerability knowing that satisfaction in life does not come from things or possessions and only God can give us the ability to enjoy life. What beautiful gate could you be sitting at today but you are lame? What appears like a blessing but it’s more of a liability to you? Where may God asking you to be authentic and admit your vulnerability to him? God’s Grace can reach where wealth, influence, status or position cannot reach. Where silver and gold have failed to work, give God a chance and see what He is capable of doing!
“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.” Acts 3:6 NIV
Last modified: June 23, 2020