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Out of nothing, out of nowhere

Sunday, September 8, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Out of nothing, out of nowhere

Where does a miracle come from? Let’s define the word ‘miracle’. 

“Power, inherent ability, works of a supernatural origin and character, such as could not be produced by natural agents and means.”  (Definition from Vines expository dictionary.)

In the scripture, miracles can also be described as signs or as wonders. For example the gospel of John has 8 ‘sign miracles.’  (e.g. See John 2:11) Every miracle is a sign of God’s inherent power – some carry extra meaning for us to discern.  Every miracle is a wonder – something to marvel at. Not everything called a wonder comes from God  - see Matthew 24:24 and don’t be deceived.

For us, in daily life, our Lord God is a miracle working Father who invites us to come to Him in times of need to find mercy and grace. (Hebrews 4:16)  His miraculous help comes by grace, not by our goodness.  We know something that comes from the Lord by two measures:

  1. It will not in any way be contrary to scriptural truth. 
  2.  It will fit this description in James 1:17. ‘Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.’

In times of difficulty we need two responses:

  1. Humility – to come to throne of grace and seek His grace and mercy with patience.
  2. Courage – to stand firm against the works of our enemy (see Ephesians 6), with the discernment of His involvement where appropriate.

The parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18 shows both these aspects. The widow battled with the unjust judge, clearly a reference to Satan or his helpers. (verse 3)  She persisted and did not give up. (verse 5)  At the same time she was calling on the Lord day and night. (verse 7)

The unjust judge reluctantly gives up, whereas Jesus says He will answer us speedily. (verse 8) In the same breath Jesus asks the question, ‘when the Son of Man comes. will He find faith on the earth?

So this is the challenge for us. Will Jesus find faith in us?  Faith, we remember, comes by hearing Him speak to us. (Romans 10:17)  When He speaks to us, nothing He says is impossible. Mary confirms this in Luke 1:37. The key questions are “Are we listening? Are we hearing? And are we acting on what we hear, having checked it is the Lord speaking?

Then, our answer will fit the description  -  we will see a work of power of supernatural origin, such as could not be produced by natural means – a miracle out of nothing, but not out of nowhere – for it will come from His throne of grace!