As I live, said the Lord GOD, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Ezekiel 18:3
No longer will you be able to chant those self-defeating words over yourself. God has cleared the air, canceled your debt, and your father’s sins, mother’s sins, husbands or wife’s sins will not be credited to your account. What a relief. My miracle did not happen. I was expecting the sea to part, the water to turn wine, in fact, I received written notice that I was in the clear for my miracle. Then nothing happened. What do you make of it? Do you ask God who in your lineage sinned to cause such debauchery and disappointment? Is the Father hard-hearted? Doesn’t he know that my daughter is dying, why is he stopping to converse with this woman with this bleeding issue who touched Him (Mark 5:21-43)? Did I miss my miracle?
For this cause, the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle. John 12:18
Suffice to say that miracle talk gets me giddy. But is that the only reason I rush to meet Jesus in the morning? Is my conversation one way after talk of a miracle and another after prolonged drought? What do I sound like in heaven when nothing seems to be moving in my favor and I have urgent needs? The people in this verse rushed to meet Jesus because they heard He raised Lazarus from the dead, but just days later the tune was one of disloyalty and abandonment, euphemistically. Apparently, their hearts were not fully committed to Jesus but rather what He could do. God does not want me to meet Him because of His miracle-working power. The Lord God desires a relationship that is not based on my lust for miracles but rather my complete reliance, love, and devotion to God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Satan cannot get me discouraged, disappointed, or cause me to doubt if my hope is not in the miracle but in the God of the miracle. Hallelujah!! I trust you, Lord. My trust is not in what’s in Your hand but in You. You won’t let go of me. You won’t let me fall, sink or falter. I trust your power at work in me. Glory Hallelujah. Be exalted. Most High God. Be Magnified Oh my King. Hallelujah!
This was to fulfill the words He had said: “I have not lost one of those You have given Me.” John 18:9
We are God’s possession. Rightly so, we were entrusted to Jesus for care. Jesus does everything with excellence, including but not limited to caring for God’s children, His brothers and sisters. We may feel that all hope is lost because the miracle we were seeking is no longer an option, dissolved, or was not the will of the Lord all along, nonetheless, Jesus has not lost one battle. Sometimes, God allows these types of ‘miracle-test’ to see if we trust Him or the miracle. Are we committed to Him or the miracle? Where is our allegiance, in the miracle, or Him? If we do not receive what we were expecting will we turn on Him as the crowd did so callously? Or will we remain true? The Lord already knows how we will respond to the test, He is showing us what our response is. Are you stronger in your faith than you thought? Do you have more growing to do in this area? Jesus will not lose one of us. Additionally, he will not lose one battle associated with us. Even if we do not get what we expected when we expected it Jesus has not lost. I guarantee that God has new wine and oil for us because we remained faithful throughout the test
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
We do not have to figure this out. The miracle is not our responsibility. Our healing and deliverances are in God’s jurisdiction; our job is to come. Come to Jesus with your burdens and receive His rest. Let us find respite from needless worry, fear, doubt. We can find hope that things will work together for our good. The Lord acknowledges and cares about the weight of our problems, the magnitude of our burdens, and our desperate need for rest. He knows what we need but we will not get what we need if we do not come to Him. Coming to the Lord may entail shutting others out, turning off the phone, FB, or IM. Coming to the Lord may require that before we begin attempting to feign a solution that we seek the Lord first. Seek Him while he may be found. The invitation is there. Come and find rest. Accept rest. Rejecting rest is silly but we do it all the time. Mental rest is just as necessary as physical rest. Take a break in Jesus’ arms. Yes, we can rest will bills piled high, sickness gnawing at us, and unbearable demands on us- in the name Jesus we can rest. While you wait for your miracle, trust in God, not the miracle, and get some rest.
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