Acts 9:34

Robert Hawker

"And Peter said unto him, Eneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole."–Acts ix. 34.

My soul! look at this man, Eneas: consider his circumstances of bodily sickness, and the long period of eight years, in which he had been bed-ridden. And when thou hast duly pondered the subject, behold the sovereignty of that all-powerful, all-prevailing name of Jesus Christ, though pronounced only by a servant, and see the blessed effects of it. And wilt thou, after such an instance, go lean under any spiritual sickness? Shall it be said that Jesus Christ cannot make thee whole? Surely, thou wouldest tremble at harbouring such a thought, even for a moment! And if thou darest not think such hard things of Christ's ability, why shouldest thou not equally shudder at supposing thy Lord's want of inclination? Hast thou not found him gracious in times past? And was that grace the result of thy desert? Was it not the pure effect of his own free love? And ought not past experience to beget future hope? Is not every believer's life, a life of trust and dependence? Go to him, my soul, under every new ailment, as thou wert led to him at first. "Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, and today, and for ever." Let faith have her full exercise. "Jesus Christ maketh thee whole." Here rest thy whole confidence. Never go to him in any attempts of thine own; but by a direct act of faith upon his glorious person, power, grace, and compassion; in his strength, and not thy feeling, rest wholly upon him, and plead thy necessities and his glory: and, depend upon it, this plan, which is of the Lord's own appointing, win bring comfort under all the leanness with which thou art exercised. Remember his own most gracious words: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full," John xvi. 23, 24.