Re: Verse reading–Acts 3:1-20 (day seven)
When I read a passage of Scripture I typically picture myself as one of the characters in the text. Pridefully, I tend to gravitate toward the hero. In this text, I like to think that I am Peter proclaiming truth and healing in the name of Jesus Christ, but in reality I am closer to the lame beggar and the crowd. I find myself to be a man in need of strengthening not a man dishing out miracles. As God heals I hope my reaction is as genuine as the beggar’s, leaping and praising God all the way into worship. Similarly, I am far more likely to be like the Peter who disowned Jesus at the crucifixion (which he accuses the crowd of here, v.13-14), rather than being the Peter who boldly changes a man’s life with the Gospel. Thankfully, we have a patient God who will forgive our pride and restore us to life.
2 Peter 3:8-9 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.