"Today's Devotion" For March 31, 2006
Read: John 2:1-11; Psalm 77
DO YOU NEED A MIRACLE TODAY?
"This, the first of His miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed His glory, and His disciples put their faith in Him." (John 2:11)
Do you need a miracle? Do you even believe in miracles? Most people will talk flippantly about it "taking a miracle" in order for some significant change from the norm to take place or a person to change their normal behavior. Ultimately, though, most such conversation is "wishing" because those "wishing" don't expect anything of significance to happen. But, when it comes to what miracles really are, believing in them requires a lot more than wishful thinking.
When the Bible talks about miracles, it is speaking about an act of God that suspends the laws of nature as He created them to be. We're most familiar with Jesus' miracles, such as changing water into wine at the Wedding in Cana (John 2), yet there were miracles as well throughout the Old Testament. John clearly defines the intent and substance of miracles when he call them "miraculous signs." They are events God uses to provide in a special way for His people and to reveal His glory and majesty, as John also notes in John 2:11. While miracles reveal God's glory and majesty, His power and His love, they are only meant for His people - Jesus' miracles never led anyone to believe in Him, only to confirm their faith in Him.
All too often people are looking for "miracles" when what they're really looking for is the Lord's guidance and some evidence that He's at work in their lives. A woman prays for a "miracle" because her husband's company is facing daily financial, production, and personnel setbacks. Another calls upon our Father in heaven to perform a "miracle" so that she and her husband might get help with their finances and save their home while he's out of work. These aren't situations calling for miracles but for God's guidance and blessings to overcome difficult situations and to provide for basic needs.
So, do you need a miracle? Do you need God to suspend the laws of nature and accomplish something for you that goes against the norm? Do you believe in miracles, trusting that God can do anything and can make good things happen despite all evidence and circumstances to the contrary? Just believing that God can stay or accelerate the basic laws of the universe to accomplish His Will and purpose for our lives isn't the point of God's miracles - His miraculous signs. Rather, believing in God's miracles is to belive that He accomplishes extraordinary things in our lives to encourage us and strengthen our faith. That's the kind of miracle God's forgiveness, grace, mercy, and love in Jesus is all about, for in Christ, God suspends His Law and declares us to be righteous and holy because Jesus paid the full price for our sins on the Cross.
That's the miracle that happens by faith in our lives every day. Do we need a miracle in our lives? Absolutely. Ever day. For we are in need of God's love and forgiveness in Christ, which overcomes every bit of Sin's power in our lives, so that we can live in Him and be with Him forever. The greatest miracle of our lives is repeated over and over again as God's Spirit lifts us up to Him and assures us that we are His beloved, redeemed, and forgiven people in Christ. The greatest miracle of our lives is repeated over and over again as we are strengthened in His forgiveness and love to share that love and forgiveness in Christ with others - fearlessly and courageously, lovingly and gladly.
Thus, in His grace, mercy, and love, our Father in heaven performs the miracle of faith in our lives every time we bow before our heavenly Father, asking Him to heal diseases that have defeated us and the doctors and He provides the healing. His miracle of faith occurs every time we share God's love in Christ Jesus with lost sinners and they come to repentance and faith. We experience God's great miracle of faith at work every time we face the pounding seas, the blustery winds, and the hurricanes and typhoons of life, and God calms the seas, quiets the winds, and stills the storms, giving us life and hope. This is the miracle of faith that our Father performs everyday of our lives, as He keeps us in His loving arms and upholds us in the palm of His hand. So, do you need a miracle today? You bet! And you can be sure that God will provide it.
Prayer: "Lord, I need a miracle today!" I need Your forgiveness and mercy and grace and love in Jesus Christ. I need You to remind me by Your Word and Spirit that You have made me Your very own child in Christ Jesus and that I experience the miracle of Your forgiveness each and every day in Him. As I walk through the "storms" of life, help me to seek Your guidance and to see Your hand at work in my behalf. Guide me in my life of faith, trusting that You will see me through every difficult time, giving me the courage and strength necessary to overcome each day's challenges. Father, work the miracle of faith in the hearts of those who don't yet know Your love in Christ, and make me an instrument to bring that about. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Copyright © 2006 Rev. Richard J. Boeck, Jr. All rights reserved.