I Thessalonians 5:18

Five thousand men were saved! Thank The Lord! Peter had been faithful to preach the Gospel. Thank the lord! People were praising God. Thank The Lord! A healing had taken place! Thank The Lord! A man was crippled from birth. Thank The Lord!?!

The crippled man had been in that condition since birth. Everyone knew him as the man that sat at the Temple and begged for money. Peter, through Jesus’ name healed him. The man stood up, ran, jumped around and praised God. People noticed. They remembered the terrible condition this man had once been in. They were curious as to how he was moving around with no problem and why he was praising God. Peter gave them answers. He preached Jesus. Five thousand men were saved.

The man had to be crippled or there wouldn’t have been a need for a healing, which then led to the praising of God, preaching of Jesus and ultimately the redemption of five thousand mens’ souls. Thank The Lord for the crippled man!

It’s unnatural for us to praise God for situations or circumstances that we don’t understand. But we should be found worshipping The Lord in spirit and truth, not in our flesh. We need to trust that He has our best interest in mind and that it will all work for His glory.

We may not be able to comprehend what’s going on but we can know that Jesus is in control. For that we can be thankful.