September 2, 2008
But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!" Acts 3:6
Twenty years ago Radi Kaiof was a paratrooper in the Israeli military.
Then, 20 years ago, Radi received an injury that left him paralyzed. The doctors were quite sure when they told him he would never walk again.
The doctors were wrong - - at least, sort of. Thanks to an invention called ReWalk, Radi is on his feet once again.
Now, it's hard for me to explain what ReWalk looks like and what it is. Let's just say it's a hard "suit" with motorized leg supports, body sensors, a backpack, and a control box. Utilizing a remote control wristband the user tells the machine what he wants to do: stand, sit, walk, climb, or go down stairs. He leans forward and the robotic legs take over.
The inventor, a fellow by the name of Goffer, says, "It raises people out of their wheelchairs and let's them stand up straight. . . It's not just about health, it's also about dignity."
When I came upon that Reuter's news story last week, I thought what a wonderful age we live in. Yes, the ReWalk suit might be cumbersome and inconvenient, but people who were once unable to get to their feet are now able to move. Miraculous!
Then I realized, ReWalk wasn't a miracle at all.
ReWalk is a wonderful thing, a brilliant invention, a device which will bring great good to some who are physically challenged. Even so, ReWalk doesn't make the paralyzed unparalyzed.
Miracles are God's domain, and He specializes in doing them. Jesus raised up the paralytic, as did Peter and John in the text for today's devotion.
What wonderful words these are: "but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise and walk." And the man did.
This takes me to what I want this devotion to say. I want you to know Jesus has, through His suffering, death, and resurrection, told each of us to rise from our sins and be forgiven. He wants us to leave behind the crippled life we once had and be restored.
And if you're thinking why doesn't He heal my body, too? I can reply, "Just wait. He will." The age of God's grace is not over.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus for healing my soul from sin and its consequences, You have my deepest appreciation. For raising me up, my thanksgiving and praise. In Your Name. Amen.
PS - For further information about ReWalk see: http://www.argomedtec.com/.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries