We all pray for miracles, while simultaneously asking God to remove us from any situation that would require a miracle. – Priscilla Shirer, “Give Your Gifts to God.“
We are living through a historic crisis – one that requires a miracle. I love how well Priscilla’s quote, above, reflects our current state and the opportunity it presents for us. The question we must ask ourselves is this: “Do I trust God enough to allow him to work through these trials so they can trigger His miracles?” Because, honey, receiving a miracle ain’t easy.
- The Israelites needed God to part the Red Sea because they were running for their lives. (Exodus 14:10-31)
- Daniel had to be imprisoned before the Lord could save him from the lion’s den. (Daniel 6:12-28)
- Lazarus wouldn’t have needed resurrecting if he hadn’t first gotten sick and died. (John 11:1-44)
- The blind man had to be blind to receive the gift of sight. (John 9:1-7)
- The woman in the crowd couldn’t receive immense healing if she hadn’t already suffered from a bleeding disorder for twelve years. (Mark 5:25-34)
- Jesus had to be crucified before he could rise again. (Luke 24)
The list of miracles goes on and on. However, the one thing all these people had in common was choosing to believe, even when their situations were so horrifically dire, they required nothing less than a miracle. They made intentional choices to seek the Lord and demonstrate their faith in him during the scariest, most faith-shaking times.
Romans 5:3-5 NLT – 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
We are in the midst of the trials that will trigger our miracle – on an individual and a collective level. Every single person is, or will be, affected by the coronavirus before this ends. It’s impacting people’s health, lives and livelihoods, their families, and their backsides. (Toilet paper, anyone?) It may be challenging to see, but God will use this to shape and mold you in the most spectacular ways. So, pray for God to use these times to transform your life, and all of mankind, to bring us back to Him.
Romans 8:28 NIV – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Choose faith. Choose to see His goodness. Choose to hope. Choose to live the miracle.
Praying for you all and sending much love! We all need a little encouragement right. Please share your reasons to hope and how God is moving in your life in the comments below.
Shirer, P. [Going Beyond Ministries]. (2019, August 19). Give your gifts to God [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlzjRFoQ32Y