God Knows Best
// April 25th, 2012 // Meditations
Bruce Dewey – Elder at the Lenoir City Seventh Day Adventist Church
There is a story in the book of Acts that illustrates the fact that many times God blesses us in unexpected ways.
A short time after the fulfillment of the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1- 4) we read in Acts 3 about Peter and John going to the temple one afternoon to pray.
As they were nearing the temple gate they encountered a lame man that was forced by circumstances to beg for a living. As Peter and John drew near the man asked them for some money. Peter explained that they didn’t have any money, but they that would share with him what they did have.
Before the man could question what could be better than money Peter continued, “… In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Act 3:6 (KJV)
Sure, the man could have used the money, but the gift of health through the power of the Holy Spirit was of more value than all the money he might have collected there at the temple gate.
Many times God’s blessings take us by surprise, they are something we never would have thought about. Sometimes God gives us what we ask for, and other times He gives us what is in our best interest.
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:5 (NIV)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)