His Miracles and Wonders
All people — including Christians — go through moments of disbelief. We even use the common phrase, “I have to see it to believe it,” to express our need to see and understand something tangibly. We may have negative thoughts that separate us from what God wants to do in our lives.
Throughout my work in ministry supporting children, I have heard countless heartbreaking stories where it feels impossible to help improve their situation. However, I receive many good news reports that counteract the negative. God shows me His power and miracles through projects supported by CBN. Every time I encounter a difficult situation that is difficult for my human reasoning, the Lord reminds me:
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2 NIV).
Recently, I discovered a project was ending due to a lack of resources for the children in the program. These children received their only meal thanks to this project. Volunteers joined in prayer to cry out to the Lord for His provision.
God made a way, and His miracles and wonders were on display as Orphan’s Promise was able to continue this program. It was there that God confirmed this teaching,
“The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people” (Acts 5:12).
Think about how many miracles we see daily. For me, it’s a miracle that God has chosen me as His daughter to be a blessing to others and thus be able to see and be a part of His wonders. For you, what miracles do you receive daily?
Think of the blessings God has given you, the battles you have fought, and the miracle of waking up each morning to a new day and the opportunity to see and be a part of God’s wonders. See that being alive is a miracle because God has a great purpose for you in His plans.
Father, thank you for loving me and setting me apart to be your child. Please help me see the wonders and miracles you pour out each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 Kings 17:14-15 14For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD gives rain on the land.'” 15She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.
Once the Kerith Ravine dried up, the Lord sent Elijah to the home of a Gentile woman. If you thought ravens were stingy, try humans. But a few verses earlier the LORD said He had commanded her to feed Elijah. Elijah gave her a real test of faith by asking her to feed him first and then cook her and her son a meal from the little left in her jar. If the LORD had not commanded her to do this, I doubt she would have even considered it. Even though there was a promise that a miracle would happen, consider that this woman is not Jewish. The prophet before her had been camping out in a ravine for months. Who would give their last meal to him instead of feeding their own child? But just as the LORD commanded the ravens, so He commanded her.
When she obeyed, she found the promise was true. Imagine the surprise she must have experienced each time she reached in to scrape the bottom of the jars. Just enough for another meal, again, and again, and again!
We have the same experience when we abide in Christ. We think we have scraped the bottom of the mercy and grace jar with a certain brother or sister. We reach into the life of Christ within us and to our surprise there is just enough for the present situation. Then another situation comes along. The last time we knew we scraped the bottom and had just enough. Here this brother or sister is offending us again. How can we possibly find the mercy to forgive him? But we reach into the earthen vessel that holds the treasure and what do you know! It is just enough to meet the present circumstance.
Consider: If you will give love and mercy and grace to those around you first, there will always be enough for you when you have a need. Even when you think you have run out, reach down in there again and you will find it in Christ, the One who lives within you.
A Healthy Body
The Spirit of God dwells within us, and He is reflected in what we think, say, and do.
We tend to separate our spiritual life from our physical life, but that’s not what God intended. He who carefully crafted each of us places high value on our physical being (Psalm 139:13). The human form is a masterpiece, which our Creator has entrusted to our care. And as with any other resource, He expects us to be wise stewards.
Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians addresses some of the unsavory issues their city was known for. People in the church had been engaging in offensive practices, including sexual misconduct and gluttony (1 Corinthians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 11:21). They incorrectly regarded this behavior as separate from their spiritual lives, as if they could do whatever they pleased with their bodies and still be considered “good Christians.”
But the body and the spirit are one. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul declares, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you?” The apostle reminds us that God’s Holy Spirit has come to indwell every believer. If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, then His Spirit lives in you, and your body has become a walking testimony. What does your physical being say about your walk with Christ?
Bible in One Year: Psalm 50-54
“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” – Mark 10:14 NLT
Although she wrote many poems and hymns, Dorothy Thrupp rarely identified herself publicly as the author. She desired to focus on the message, to let her words speak for themselves. Born in London in 1779, she often used pseudonyms as a way to avoid drawing attention to herself.
She wrote several of her hymns specifically for children. We see that emphasis in the collection Hymns for the Young. Like so much of her work, she published all the music without credit. A central message was communicated in the title of the hymn “God Loves the Child that Humbly Prays.”
She also desired for her hymns and poems to help adults realize the importance of childlike faith. That desire emerges, for example, in “Come, Holy Spirit, Come. Oh, Hear an Infant’s Prayer,” and “God Loves the Little Child that Prays.” In her hymn “See, My Child, the Mighty Ocean,” she sought to help adults and children grasp the depths of God’s love.
During His ministry, Jesus demonstrated just how important children were to Him and the Kingdom of God. After teaching important truths, He thanked the Father “for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike” (Matthew 11:25).
These still are important lessons. Remember the power of childlike faith. Simply believe God. Simply stand on His Word. Simply trust in Jesus. Pray with childlike confidence.