Give Someone a Helping Hand

Taking him by the right hand,
he helped him up.
     —Acts 3:7

Jack Carter was an expert skier. For a beginner—that was me—falling down is inevitable, getting back up almost impossible. (Great sport if you’re into being cold and hurt.) Jack looked out for me. When I’d fall, he’d be there, extending his hand to pull me up.

Solomon opined that “Two are better than one . . . If one falls down, his friend can help him up” (Eccl 4:9).

To a congenital cripple, Peter said, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6). He didn’t stand back and watch the man struggle to his feet; “taking him by the right hand, he helped him up.” Thomas Walker noted, “the power was Christ’s, but the hand was Peter’s.”

Someone in your circle needs a lift. The healing is God’s—let the hand be yours.

Can God count on you
to be his hand of help today?

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