He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3a

Monday, March 28, 2016

A God Of Miracles

        
       As I read the scriptures and consider all the miracles Jesus did while he walked on this earth, I am overwhelmed by His power.  I get excited when I read how he made the lame to walk again, gave sight to the blind man, turned water to wine, rebuked evil spirits, walked on water, healed the woman of a blood disorder when she touched the hem of His garments, raised the dead, and on and on!  For me the greatest miracle of all was when He “re-created me” through His awesome love and power. 
         When colonists first immigrated from Europe to the United States to escape religious and political persecution, they brought their own traditions and cultures to this foreign land.  The cultures and customs from other countries, along with the customs and traditions of Native Americans living in the area, crossed.  This encouraged an exchange of ideas creating a unique belief system, including a distinctive type of folk magic.  Isolation, due to geography, enabled people to foster a deep belief in the magic and rituals created over the centuries.
         What God does, however, isn’t magic, although it may seem so. It’s about having faith, faith in a God greater than anything on Earth or in Heaven.  He is the Creator!  It’s interesting to watch Science prove the Bible right time and time again.  There are facts about time and space, air having weight, the Earth being a sphere, laws of thermodynamics, air currents, mountains under the seas, dinosaurs, life being in the blood, sanitary practices and so much more in the Bible, that over time has been proven accurate by Science!  It’s not magic; it’s God!
         The story of Moses and the magicians has always intrigued me as the Bible tells how Moses threw down his cane, when confronting Pharaoh, and it became a snake.  The magicians of the time could do the same thing in several of the situations, but they couldn’t do it in all. Moses was in tune with God and followed His direction when attempting to deal with Pharaoh. God is supreme.  The magicians of the time were sorely disappointed, as was Pharaoh, when they couldn’t duplicate or match the power of Moses, or more accurately, God.
         In our lives, we, like Moses, need to inquire of the Supreme Creator.  When we talk with God and ask direction for our lives, He will accommodate, if we are willing to listen.  We must have a relationship with Him in order to hear what He’s telling us.  When we communicate with Him with our whole heart and right motive, He will not only hear, but respond.  He loves us as his children with a matchless, unconditional love.  
         So I challenge you to reflect on how you view life.  Is it “magical” ….good or bad depending on circumstances?  Or do you, on faith, recognize God in control and requiring your trust in Him to make your life the best it can be?  Does your life reflect the relationship you have with Him?  Do others see Him through you? These can be tough questions.  But it's not about magic, it's about a God who is greater than anything we can imagine! Draw close to Him, listen to His voice, and trust in His ability to meet your needs.