Acts 9:40-41 KJV
It was an interesting time yesterday…. Got a voice note from a beloved sister detailing the challenges and struggles in her life and family…. Then a text from a beloved daughter telling me that she was beaten up by a guy in her street last night…. Then a call from another beloved sister and friend telling of her challenges with navigating life successfully.
As I meditated on what to write next, and was still brooding over it, I saw the overall content of Acts 9. Saul the persecutor turns to Paul the preacher; Aenas the man sick of the palsy turns to Aenas the healed man; Tabitha (Dorcas), the sister who was dead, is handed back to the crying widows and brethren alive and whole! So, as I meditated on these events, one phrase stuck to my heart: EXPECT A MIRACLE.
Sometimes it appears that we forget that we are serving a living God; and I mean that literally. We are not serving a principle, or a law, or a set of rules and regulations, or even a key. We are serving a God who is alive; and for all that is worth, He still shows mercy.
It is not a good thing to notice that atimes we have reduced our walk with God to certain sets of keys, principles and rules. Yes, God has principles which He has set in place, and yes, there are keys for unlocking many aspects of life and endeavour; but know this, beloved, that God Almighty is still in the business of surprising men, and while you are operating your principles and turning your keys, expect a miracle.
This is Saul, marching on his Damascus journey, to continue his assault upon the early Church. On the way to his evil journey, he met Jesus, and a miracle was wrought in his life. It was like magic. He set out that day an ardent opponent of the faith, by the end of the day, he was an ardent proponent of the faith.
So was Aenas the palsied man. He had a sickness that caused him to lose the ability to walk, and he had been like that for 8 years. We do not know how many times he had prayed and hoped for healing. That fateful day, Apostle Peter looked at him and said, “Aenas, Jesus heals you.” Being commanded to rise and make his bed, he put his hands in Peter’s and was made whole! All in one day, Aenas went from being a crippled to being a walking man.
Then was Dorcas. Being an unbeliever is a little bit palatable. We can still be trusting God for salvation. Being a crippled is still palatable. We could still be trusting God for healing; and even in your being crippled, you can still achieve things for God. But death? Death is a different matter. Death is the end of all hopes. We can hope till a man’s dying breath, but once he dies, all is over- all hopes, all aspirations, all possibilities of deliverance has been dashed. Yet, even in death, expect a miracle.
While she lay dead, Apostle Peter walked in, and after praying, he turned to her and said, “Tabitha, I say to you, ‘rise up’!” That was all! From the depths of Shoel, she heard the voice of God’s servant, and came back to live.
AND SO? What could be the situation you are faced with? Is it spiritual sickness- whether of yourself or of someone near you? Is it physical sickness- even if it has been called one terrible name by medical professionals? Or is it death? Or something as strong as death? This is the word of the Lord for you, EXPECT A MIRACLE.
But there is something you must do. You must believe. Your heart must trust in the Living God, who never fails. Then, you must pray. There is something about prayers. You cannot pray until you believe in the power of God. You cannot pray until there is an expectation. You may mutter one or two words if there is no real faith in your heart; but it takes a real faith to demand and trust God for a miracle. It takes a real faith to address any situation that is in one’s life. It takes faith to step out in courage and act on the wisdom God is bringing to your heart as you are praying.
It’s a new month; and I want to tell you, expect a miracle. Take some time and speak to the Living God… Ask Him to lift you up. Ask Him for the power to make wealth. Ask Him for the strength of heart and mind to carry out all the visions He is putting in your mind. Ask Him for the grace to meet the right people this month. Pray for a miracle. I really mean it. Pray for a miracle. Ask Him what He wants you to do as your own contribution to it. Sometimes He may need you to take some concrete actions. Sometimes, it’s just a few little steps of faith. But in all, trust and obey…
And no matter where you are, no matter what had happened- even if you have not applied all the right principles and practices, because His mercy rests upon you, beloved, expect a miracle.
HAPPY NEW MONTH.