Number 30 in the series “God Rocks: 101 Amazing Everyday Gifts!” Stories and promises of the awesome blessings God gives us each day. I hope it encourages you today!
We all face challenges. They seem to come with way too much regularity. And sometimes they simply seem insurmountable.
An illness, a financial crisis, a broken relationship.
We wrestle with it and worry about it. And sometimes just can’t fix it.
So how do we respond? And I’ve done all of these.
Sometimes we give up. “I can’t do anything about it. I’m helpless. It’s useless.”
Sometimes we pray super spiritual prayers. “God if you’d like to do something here that would be great. And in case you do here’s kind of what I would like to have happen.” Then we end with, “Not my will but thy will be done.”
Sometimes we pray super miracle working prayers. “Ok God here’s what I want. And this is how and when I’d like it delivered.”
Interestingly, I find the results often pretty similar. Frustration and despair.
And sometimes we miss seeing the miracle God wanted to or even did perform.
That’s why I love the story of the Centurion who was a spiritual outsider. Yet he simply comes to Jesus and says, “If you say the word my servant will be healed.”
And Jesus replied, “I haven’t seen this great of faith even from the religious people.” Wow, really?
Then he gives him and us an amazing promise, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” (Matthew 8: 13 NIV)
And his servant was healed at that moment.
I see some fascinating concepts here.
First, the Centurion didn’t dictate to Jesus how to do the miracle. He simply asked for what he needed.
Second he believed Jesus would work the miracle exactly how he promised it.
Third, Jesus complimented him for asking boldly.
Then we see the amazing result.
Jesus performed the miracle. And he performed it exactly how he promised it.
Everyone saw the miracle. Why? I think because they were looking for it.
Finally, God received the glory. The miracle didn’t happen because the Centurion was religious enough. Or that he got lucky or had good karma. It didn’t happen because he had super sized faith.
No, Jesus simply promised the blessing out of his grace. The Centurion took Jesus literally at his word. And God unleashed his power.
Now that’s the kind of miracles I want to see! And frankly I have seen.
We can see miracles when we ask God for what he truly promises.
When have you seen God work a miracle?
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