Miracles Happen When We Least Expect Them
We see them every day. On television, online, in books, and sometimes, in our very own lives. The question is—what do we do with these miracles that we see, or read about, or most importantly, experience ourselves?
God has performed countless miracles in my life. Looking back, my first human instinct is to ask “how” and “why”? I tried to find reason within the miracles of my life. Instead, God met me in my darkest moments.
I was a teen, finding out I would soon become a mother. Alone. I was sure my life was over. But God!
There was no luck about it. God carried me emotionally and spiritually, and He provided financially. During the most trying days of my life, God filled in the gaps and performed an absolute miracle in my life! I founded a relationship with God during this time … which is a miracle in itself.
You see, God performs miracles out of our realm of understanding. They don’t always make sense to the human eye. They don’t always follow the trends or statistics.
He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” Deuteronomy 10:21
Your eyes are not deceiving you. God creates miracles from scratch, with no need for reason and logic. He is capable of all things!
When I begin to doubt the miracles in my life, big or small, I think back to the story of the blind man that Jesus healed. Jesus used mud to cover this man’s eyes and then told him to wash his eyes at the river. Once the man washed his eyes, he could see!
In John 9:3, Jesus assured us that this man was not blind because of sin, as many of his peers had suspected:
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
This reminds us that God does not put us through trials out of punishment but because He is using us so that others may see Him through us.
In John 9, the Pharisees question HOW this man could now SEE. It didn’t make sense to them! It couldn’t be!
Oh, how often I have acted like the Pharisees when something just didn’t make sense to me, questioning just how God orchestrated everything out for my good.
But God reminds us In Mark 9:23, “All things are possible to him who believes.”
ALL things are possible, not just the things that can be explained, understood, or broken down. God said, ALL things. Let’s believe him. If he can heal a blind man, what can He do for us?
1 Samuel 26:10, 24 10As surely as the LORD lives,” he said, “the LORD himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.
24As surely as I valued your life today, so may the LORD value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
David learned from his experience with the wicked Nabal, that the LORD is more than capable of dispensing justice. He learned from his past experience and applied it to his present circumstance. That is something we all need to do. In verse 10 David’s friend wanted to kill the sleeping Saul. This is the second time God had delivered Saul into David’s hands, but he left vengeance to God. He will let the LORD take care of him.
David knew that when he became king others would treat him the way he treated the king. He believed in the law of sowing and reaping. If he is faithful to obey the LORD in not harming Saul, God would preserve his life. We see that in the New Testament lesson of the measuring cup. The same measure you use toward your brother will be used toward you (Mark 4:24). If you use a spoon of grace toward others, you will receive a spoon back from them and from God. David looked for the biggest measure of grace and mercy he could find, for he wanted that from others and from God. He certainly would need it in the future, and he did receive it. To think you won’t need it is foolish. Be gracious toward those who have wronged you, and the LORD will be gracious to you.
Prayer: Lord, help me to trust You to deal with those who do me wrong.
Streams in the Desert – May 25
The Power of Silence
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).
Is there any note of music in all the chorus as mighty as the emphatic pause? Is there any word in all the Psalter more eloquent than that one word, Selah (Pause)? Is there anything more thrilling and awful than the hush that comes before the bursting of the tempest and the strange quiet that seems to fall upon all nature before some preternatural phenomenon or convulsion? Is there anything that can touch our hearts as the power of stillness?
There is for the heart that will cease from itself, “the peace of God that passeth all understanding,” a “quietness and confidence” which is the source of all strength, a sweet peace “which nothing can offend,” a deep rest which the world can neither give nor take away. There is in the deepest center of the soul a chamber of peace where God dwells, and where, if we will only enter in and hush every other sound, we can hear His still, small voice.
There is in the swiftest wheel that revolves upon its axis a place in the very center, where there is no movement at all; and so in the busiest life there may be a place where we dwell alone with God, in eternal stillness, There is only one way to know God. “Be still, and know.” “God is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” –Selected
“All-loving Father, sometimes we have walked under starless skies that dripped darkness like drenching rain. We despaired of starshine or moonlight or sunrise. The sullen blackness gloomed above us as if it would last forever. And out of the dark there spoke no soothing voice to mend our broken hearts. We would gladly have welcomed some wild thunder peal to break the torturing stillness of that over-brooding night.
“But Thy winsome whisper of eternal love spoke more sweetly to our bruised and bleeding souls than any winds that breathe across Aeolian harps. It was Thy ‘still small voice’ that spoke to us. We were listening and we heard. We looked and saw Thy face radiant with the light of love. And when we heard Thy voice and saw Thy face, new life came back to us as life comes back to withered blooms that drink the summer rain.”