“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
I got my tires changed recently and my passenger-side front tire was worn excessively. It was almost bald. The problem had nothing to do with how I drove or the quality of the tire. There was a root cause: My front wheels were out of alignment. I got four new tires, but if I didn’t get my front wheels aligned, the tire would go bald again.
We must deal not only with the symptoms, but also address the root cause of our problems.
In Acts 3, there is a crippled man who is more than 40 years old and has been begging in front of the Temple. He can’t work because he can’t walk. So every day, he begs for money. But his lack of money is only a symptom. His lack of work is only a symptom. Seeing the lame man, Peter identified the root of the man’s problems: He couldn’t walk. So in Acts 3:6, Peter says, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” And Jesus Christ miraculously heals the man.
Look at the symptoms of problems in your life. Do you have financial problems? Do you have relational problems? Do you have academic problems? Don’t just deal with the symptoms. Pray for God to show you the root of your problems. And when He shows you the roots, empowered by the Holy Spirit, apply His Word to them.
— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain
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