Monday, January 6, 2014

maker of miracles

mir·a·cle (noun)
1. a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.

That divine agency is God.
If you havent already noticed, God chooses people that feel like they are inadequette. He chooses people that feel like they cannot do what God is asking of them. He chooses people that are unnoticed, discreditted, and not counted. 
Why is it that when we need a miracle and go to God, we have all these reasons and excuses of why we need the miracle, or why we cannot do it ourselves?
Well, first lets take the miracle of feeding the five thousand.

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

So here we have Jesus healing people and crowds following him to hear him preach and do miracles and the disiples have been working all day. Feeling tired and hungrey, because it never says that the crowds were hungrey, the disciples tell Jesus to send the crowds away so that they can get their own food.  

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

Here is where we make the mistake of giving God the excuses of why we cannot do something. When Jesus tells them to give them something to eat, the disciples explained  that they only have 5 pieces of bread and 2 fish. Why is it that when we get lazy and don't want to do something ourselves we ask God to help us when there is still work that we could be doing. Like when you ask God for a miracle to mend a relationship when you are avoiding someone when you could still mend it yourself with a conversation with them. The miracle will come when there is absolutely nothing that you cannot do yourself. The miracle wont come when you could still do something to help yourself and your just lazy or discouraged to do it. Help God, help you.

Then, as if Jesus, never even heard the disciple's excuses he says,

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

What amazes me here is that Jesus gave thanks for something he didnt have. He gave thanks before the miracle had even happened. He gave thanks for the five loaves and two fish that would usually feed a family of five, yet ended up feeding a crowd of five thousand, just by giving thanks. And what amazes me even further is that it was a little boy who provided some of the food for the crowd. It was the uncredited and uncounted little child of God that fed his people that day. He gave the little he had to offer up to Jesus, and God did a miracle with that little that he had to offer.

Immediately after that the story actually continues. You always here these two storys seperately but they actually happened right after eachother. 
Jesus sends the disciples into a boat out on the water as Jesus sends away the crowd he just fed with the loaves of bread and fish. He goes up on a mountain to pray by himself. After a while, it says at about three in the morning, a storm breaks out on the waters, thrashing the boat two and fro.  Jesus goes out on the waters and walks up to the boat which frightens the disciples thinking it is a ghost. Jesus tells Peter to come out on the water and Peter does walk towards Jesus for a couple steps then begins to doubt him and sinks screaming "Lord, save me!". Jesus saved him and the winds died down and all worshiped him saying "Truly you are the Son of God".
It had only been a couple hours since Jesus had just done the miracle with the loaves and fish, and already his disciples were doubting him.

Just as with Peter, we need to be reminded of the miracles that God does in our lives so that when a storm comes our way, we do not doubt him in these times of need so that he can provide us with a miracle that we could have never done on our own.

So what?
So trust in God, even when a storm comes your way and you feel discounted and discredited because when you have done everything in your power to make things right, he will do everything in His power to give you a miracle.

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