I had been thinking quite a bit about miracles lately. In church we sing a song called God of Miracles. Asking for God to come, that we need Him to bring His supernatural touch in our lives. As we sing that, I often wonder how many actually believe He can or will show up and do something supernatural? I have experienced three distinct miracles in my life. One is where money just appeared in a pile in a corner after I had a conversation with a friend about how could God provide something so tangible as money. I even said, "what's He going to do, grow it on trees?". When I showed my friend the pile of money I found, and it was exactly what I needed for the bill I was whining about, my friend said, "I guess that answered your question". I was a very new Christian and have to say, that blew me away. The great thing is, it set a foundation for me. God could and does provide the tangible. Close to twenty years later I injured my back and was in a lot of pain. While sitting at a bible study group, it was apparent to others that I was very uncomfortable (perhaps the tears were my dead give away and the need to sit in a rocking chair). The group asked if they could lay hands on me and pray. That was a bit awkward for me. I wasn't really one to ask nor accept things like this because although I believed God could provide the tangible, somewhere deep inside I didn't think this was one of those ways, especially for me. He only healed those in foreign countries or if you were a missionary right? But I was desperate, so I agreed. I don't know who the person was who had a hand on my right side, but I felt an odd sensation where their hand was. I started to feel fear coming in and to my surprise, almost a resistance to what I thought was happening. Then I heard God speak to me so clearly as if He was right there with me. He asked me "Do you believe I can heal you?". I hesitated. I don't know why. After what seemed like minutes, I said inside my then fast beating heart, YES. At that very moment I felt that sensation coming from that persons hand warm my whole back and then the pain was gone. When the ladies stopped praying, I said with a trembling voice, "I think God just healed me". The oddest thing happened then. They looked at me like I was off my rocker (pun intended). The woman who's hand was on me wasn't even aware what God did through her.
The third distinct miracle is when I reached a point in my life where I was done struggling with something that many told me I needed to just accept and embrace. The problem is that this thing was not in alignment or agreement with God, His Word or what I believed about Him or myself. It didn't matter what others were saying, what mattered was what God said. So in a desperate moment I cried out "If you are who you say you are and if your Word is true, then YOU need to fix me". It wasn't instantaneous like the other two times. In fact from that moment, it took 7 years until I realized He had truly healed and restored me. Do others believe it? Some do, some I sense doubt. Doesn't matter. I believe.
Three miracles. One tangible item. One physical ailment. One emotional and mental distressing situation.
Do I believe in the full reality of the God of Miracles? Absolutely! But here is my painful observation. Most Christians today wrestle with this the same way as in Jesus's day. The story of the man who had many demons that Jesus cast out in the book of Luke is what sparked my thoughts. After the man was healed and in his right mind and calm, the people were so concerned with how Jesus healed him that they missed the beauty of the miracle. Because they couldn't understand, explain or apply logic to what had occurred, they dismissed Jesus, sending Him away. (Luke 8)
My heart breaks for believers who are settling for whatever is in front of them or dismissing the potential for the miraculous because it is outside of logic or the natural as we know it, or they don't think they deserve such mercy or grace. Illness, poverty, mental and emotional challenges are all around in growing abundance. I am not talking about name it and claim it and all will be well. I am talking about whether or not we believe what we ask? Or worse do we even ask for a miracle? I see many accept a diagnosis yet never ask God if this is the final answer. I see acceptance that a person must have been made wrong because of how they feel inside, and never ask what God says about them, or if He will help them. I see people dying of depression, sadness, bitterness and resentment yet not once or maybe only once, do they run after the God of miracles with the belief that He cares for them enough to not leave them alone, regardless of what he chooses to do.
I know that God doesn't always take something away or heal, but what I do know is that God will ALWAYS meet you where you are at and not leave you to flounder helplessly. Whether He chooses to heal immediately, or later or never at all, if we never ask, we will never know. If we never believe, it will never come to be.
I was reading in the book of Mark and in 16:9-18 we see how after Jesus as raised from the dead (just as He said He would be), in two instances, those that spent 3 years with him, witnessing miracles, even performing them themselves, when they were told he was risen, didn't believe. It wasn't until He had appeared to them personally did they believe, and even then, it had to be proven to several of them.
Do you believe? Do you believe without seeing? Do you pursue God relentlessly until He says it is finished? Do you believe that God and Jesus are the same today as thousands of years ago? The same God and Jesus who made the blind to see, the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the tree to wither, the water to wine, the demon to flee and the dead to rise? If not, my prayer for you is the same as the words in the song: "God of miracles come, we need your, supernatural love, to breakthrough. Nothing's impossible, you're the God of miracles." I pray today as we approach the biggest miracle of all, the resurrection of Jesus, that whatever you are facing, you ask and believe. Then you keep asking until God gives you an answer, no matter what that answer is.
"So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence of God."
Luke 18:1-8 "One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must keep praying until the answer comes. “There was a city judge,” he said, “a very godless man who had great contempt for everyone. A widow of that city came to him frequently to appeal for justice against a man who had harmed her. The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she got on his nerves. ‘I fear neither God nor man,’ he said to himself, ‘but this woman bothers me. I’m going to see that she gets justice, for she is wearing me out with her constant coming!’. Then the Lord said, “If even an evil judge can be worn down like that, don’t you think that God will surely give justice to his people who plead with him day and night? Yes! He will answer them quickly! But the question is: When I, the Messiah, return, how many will I find who have faith and are praying?”
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