A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean. – Mark 1:40
In this fast-paced, high-tech world some people have forgotten that God is in the business of making miracles. Mankind has explored the depths of the universe and the bottom of the seas. We have modified DNA and created artificial parts for the human body. Through technology, we can supply an endless stream of information and artificial intelligence. We’ve become pretty self-sufficient. But the reality is, we still can’t create miracles. We still get into situations where we’re just stuck.
One name for God is Miracle. What man sees as impossible; He sees as possible. Before we come to a relationship with the living God, we describe unplanned situations as “chance” or “coincidence”. As believers, we should look for God’s hand in the unbelievable, impossible, and unimaginable.
Too often we let our own logic, rather than God’s spirit, take control of our lives. How many times do we miss the opportunity for a miracle because we’re determined to “fix it”? The prophet Isaiah had a reply for people who thought they could work their own miracles: “Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” Isa. 29:14. God is amazingly creative—He works outside the realm of normal reasoning! There’s no boundary to His love, His power, or His ability.
Still, in the midst of our personal storms, it is sometimes difficult to remember that God can handle it. We too often let fear take a foothold in our thinking. The opposite of fear is faith—the faith that ultimately builds courage. Ask those who have been miraculously healed of cancer, those who have conquered their fears, addictions, and emotional issues, or farmers and ranchers who continually see God’s miracles from the soil. Ask moms and dads who have witnessed the miracle of birth. Remember the miracles in your own life…and those reported to us in the Bible. God’s Word gives us so many examples of how our Father works through miracles. It reminds us to “Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced.” Psalm 105:5.
Today, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus continues to heal people. He heals bodies, marriages, broken hearts, financial messes …you name it! He is the ultimate comforter, encourager, healer, and provider. He is our advocate.
Sometimes we “miss the miracle”. Too often the power of God, through His mighty miracles gets overshadowed by the boasting of man’s accomplishments, flashy technology, or sizzling sideline stories. Don’t expect the media to report on miracles. You may have to read between the lines to see it, but you can be sure, God is still in the business of making miracles…everyday!
What is God saying to you through these verses?
Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. – Acts 2:22
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… – Eph. 3:20
Suggestion for Prayer:
If you are in a jam, ask God to work a miracle in your life. He can handle it!
This devotional is a guest post by Dr. Jim Grassi. He is the founder of Men’s Ministry Catalyst, a ministry partner of Promise Keepers. Don’t miss the resources on the topic of fear over at his website.