I’ve noticed some common conditions for miracles in Scripture:
1) They tend to start with a problem
2) Usually it’s really big
3) One that man can’t solve on his own
4) With some fear and pain added to a basic foundation of helplessness.
Does that sound like where you’re at today? If you are joining me today after reading my devotion about God not wasting pain, I’m so glad you stopped by. If you are a regular reader, I’d love for you to read my devotion today as I share a bit more of my life that I normally keep private.
You see, I’m no stranger to facing a problem I can’t fix on my own. I’ve been there many times. But nothing prepared me for being entrusted with two little girls who had been wounded by others, both indirectly through selfishness and hunger for power, or directly through neglect and greed. Every day I face problems that my education and experience can’t “fix.”
And there are days when I feel on the edge of despair. The wounding is so deep; it’s rewired thought processes and damaged their abilities. And as I wrote about in my devotion, my family has entered in to their suffering … and it’s hard.
If it weren’t for the hope and promise of God’s power, I would give in to the despair, because in myself I am not enough. I don’t have what it takes to repair the damage done. But I know Someone who can.
And it’s in this exact situation … when you have no idea what you are going to do … that conditions are ripe for a miracle. At least that’s what I see when I read Scripture. Let’s take a look at a few situations.
- The Red Sea is parted as the Israelites escape slavery with Egyptians hot on their heels (Exodus 14)
- A widow and her sons are saved from debt and slavery by oil miraculously appearing. (2 Kings 4)
- A wedding banquet runs out of wine and Jesus turns water into wine. (John 2)
- God resurrects Jesus from the dead. (John 21)
Time and time again God performed a miracle in the midst of very difficult conditions. People needed help. God stepped in.
If you are facing a difficult situation, I hope these stories from Scripture encourage you. And there are many more. In fact, I found this list of the miracles of Jesus online. Click here to read it.
I believe God is waiting for us to call on Him for help. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. So we can trust that He will answer our prayers. And even if the answers aren’t what we hope, He is always working things out for the good of those who love Him.
It seems to be human nature to give up on prayer when we don’t see an immediate answer. We can think God has passed us over and moved on to someone else’s concern. But God doesn’t forget like we do. He isn’t impatient. And He cares more about doing things right than doing things fast.
So if you are just hanging on, I hope this post encourages you to hang on just a bit longer. Help is on the way.
Thank you for joining me today. Although I may not know you by name, I’m praying for each of you who visits my blog today. God knows your situation, and I’m pleading with Him on your behalf. I believe some of you will see miracles today.
In His love,
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