Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 10, 2019

“all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 9:32-35.

“Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.  There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed.  Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you;  get up and make your bed.”  Immediately he got up.  And all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.”  Acts 9:32-35.

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Nothing is said in today’s Scripture of Aeneas turning to the Lord.  But, “all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.”  Verse 35.

The Lord heals and does many different good things for many people.  But just because they experience a healing or other good thing does not necessarily mean that God saved the recipient of such healing or other good thing.  Sometimes, like in today’s Scripture, the healing or other good thing is done for the salvation of others.

People use the term of grace too loosely.  People think that just because people received some healing or other good thing that they received God’s grace.  

“2 But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling,
My steps had almost slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pains in their death,
And their body is fat.
5 They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like mankind.” Psalm 73:2-5.

“17 Until I came into the sanctuary of God;
Then I perceived their end.
18 Surely You set them in slippery places;
You cast them down to destruction.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment!
They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!”  Psalm 73:17-19.

Or, on the other hand, people think that just because people have trials, troubles, or tribulations that they have not received God’s grace.

Job’s friends thought that way about Job, but Job was patient and righteous and did not rebel against God for the trials, troubles, and tribulations that he experienced, proving that he had received God’s grace.

“We count those blessed who endured.  You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.”  James 5:11.

Grace is not common to all.  Grace is only extended to God’s elect and always accomplishes their salvation.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:28-30.


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