Well, for this man forty can certainly be said to be when life begins!

The religious leaders renewed their threats, but then released them. They couldn’t come up with a charge that would stick, that would keep them in jail. The people wouldn’t have stood for it—they were all praising God over what had happened. The man who had been miraculously healed was over forty years old. Acts 4:21-22 (The Message)

When the threats of the religious leaders came to nothing and Peter and John were released they returned to the most important matter. The man that God had healed was no spring chicken, he was approaching middle age, in our day and age, but in the culture of the time forty was pretty old. I remember friends of mine from Ghana, in West Africa, who told me that a man of sixty years of age, in their country, was a rarity. They considered themselves middle aged at thirty + and I was approaching thirty then. It made me think!

The truth is that age is not an obstacle to God. Our physical bodies are his creation and the physical world is at his command. We may struggle with the fact that there is a natural progression from birth to death that exists until Christ returns: We may struggle with the fact that not every ailment or illness is cured by prayer: We may not believe that God still works miracles or that there is a place in God’s plan to aid us through the struggles and sufferings of live. When we see a life changed for the better through the intervention of God’s power, however, we can do nothing other than join with Peter and John in going on our way rejoicing in what has done, does, and will do again!

May we rejoice in the goodness of God that we see transforming the lives of others and may we live peaceably with the tensions of not seeing all that we hope or pray for now in our own lives. Amen

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