He listened to Paul as he was speaking. And Paul, looking at him intently and seeing that he had faith . . . (Acts 14:9)
A man with a crippling disability listened intently to Paul as he spoke to a crowd of people in Lystra. As he was speaking, Paul did as any orator would do – he glanced around, he made eye contact with people, he connected with them. And this crippled man, never having walked before, caught Paul’s eye, grabbed Paul’s attention. Paul saw the man’s faith and offered him God’s healing.
But what was it that Paul saw in him? What led Paul to believe – to know – that this man had faith? What do people see in us that shows them our faith? For faith is not solely something internal; faith is something lived out for the world to see. – rc