“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” (Deutronomy 10:21).
Since time immemorial there has been a fascination and perhaps obessesion with miracles. A miracle has been defined as an “extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency”.
In his time on earth Jesus performed many miracles. The first was turning water into wine. What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him” ( John 2:11). From there on his ministry was characterized with countless miracles: He turned “five loaves of bread and two fish” to feed thousands ( Mathew 14:17-19); he raised Lazurus from the dead ( John 11:38-44); and walked on water ( Mathew 14:22-33).
Perhaps understandably this is reason why some are so focused on such miracles. While it is true there is a place for these spectacular events in our Christian life, the fact is our lives are a witness to everyday miracles. For think of it, isn’t your life in itself one long miracle!
Everydat that passes by our lives are a testament of miracles. One could have applied for a job or faced insurmountable opposition at the workplace against his promotion, only for God to secure him that job or promotion against all odds. One could get a grim doctor’s report only for God to intervene to the shock of all by turning around the situation. There are many of us who have been spared of terrible road accidents without realizing so, but just because angels came to our rescue!
For this reason while there is a place for those outsized miracles, let’s be ever thankful for the miracle in our lives, small and great!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I am thankful for the miracle of life and countless others in my life, and I pray to walk ever in that spirit of gratefulness, this I pray in Jesus’s name
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!