DayBreaks for 07/19/19: If God Could Do That
From the DayBreaks archives, July 2009:
What do you find amazing? I find the speed of space flight amazing. I find the power to hit a baseball 550 feet amazing. I find the things people do because of love amazing. I find some of the stupid things people do amazing. There are lots of things that are amazing in the universe – the distances of space, the life at the bottom of the ocean. We all like to be amazed whether by speed, power, size or the sleight of hand of a master magician.
I find it interesting that 31 times in the gospels, it describes how the people were amazed at the things that Jesus did or said. Simply put: Jesus was amazing! Many times their amazement was related to his miracles, and rightly so. They should have been amazed!
But we live in a day and age that has an explanation for everything. In this time of immediate communication and rapid travel, we seem to have lost the sense of amazement.
I fear that perhaps we have lost our sense of amazement with God, too. We need to try to put ourselves in the place of those standing around the blind man from John 9 – a man born blind. We need to see him as his sight returns and he sees the world for the first time. Put yourself in the place of the mourners surrounding the funeral bier of the son of the widow of Nain (Lk. 7:11-16). Do you see the joy of the mother as her son sits up? Can you hear her shriek of amazement and utter joy? Can you see the faces of the people after they see the young man sit up and as they turn to look back at Jesus? Can you see the crowd gathered at the tomb of Lazarus from John 11? Can you see them shrink back when the smelly tomb is opened from fear of the stench and can you see them move forward again in amazement as they behold the wrapped form of Lazarus as he glides forward to the entry to the tomb? Amazing!
Why does the bible tell us so many things that are amazing? Because we need so desperately to know we have an amazing God. You see, when your God can create by speaking, when He can command the water to become blood or the earth to open up and swallow the wicked, when He can heal the blind, the deaf and the dumb, and when He can give life to dead cells and dead bodies, we begin to say, “If God could do that…then He can deal with what I’m facing.” “If God could heal the sick…He can heal my broken heart, body and soul.” “If God could give sight to the blind…He can give me a vision for my life.” “If God could give new life to the dead…He can give me a fresh start, too!”
The next time you are faced with a struggle or a situation that you can’t handle, remind yourself of the great stories of the bible and say to yourself “If God could do that, He can certainly handle this!” Then give it to Him in faith…and get ready to be amazed!
PRAYER: You are amazing, great God! By Your words you formed the world and the universe and all that is within it. May your image be formed in us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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