MIRACLES: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER (THRONES PT. 9)

Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son. Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out. 2 Kings 4:35-37 KJV

It was January, a new year. We were already in the one-month extension given us to pay our house rent or forfeit the accommodation. We had tried to raise the money – and were met with failure. We did not even have up to 30% of the money cash at hand with us and we did not know what to do. We would have said that we would turn to the state body of our corpers’ fellowship for help, but they too were in a financial tight corner. They were labouring to purchase a bus for the state body, because the previous one was now a dangerous, money-swallowing liability. Our Christian corpers’ state conference was to come up by the ending of that same month; and we needed that bus to ease movement. Committees were set up to source for the money, and month after month we met and discussed – all to no avail.

I did not go home for Christmas the previous year. In fact, I spent my Christmas day with Touching Lives at Christmas (TLAC) – a missionary group that seized on the Christmas day to take the Gospel to select villages in the state. Every youth corp member in my zonal house left me and travelled, so I had no choice but to move to the state house where there were still some corpers around, including the state president. After Christmas and new year, I retuned back to our zonal corpers’ lodge, so that I can set it in order to receive the returning occupants. It was there that I was reading my Bible, and an interesting conversation took place.

I was reading where Moses complained to God that there was no meat to feed the Israelites; and the Israelites were crying for meat. God told him to tell the Israelites to prepare to eat meat for one month! They will so eat it until it starts coming out of their noses. That puzzled Moses, so he asked how God will do this. In fact, Moses said to God, “There are 600,000 foot soldiers here with me, and yet you say, ‘I will give them meat for a whole month!’ Even if we butchered all our flocks and herds, would that satisfy them? Even if we caught all the fish in the sea, would that be enough?” Numbers 11:21-22 NLT. The Lord replied Moses thus, “Has my arm lost its power? Now you will see whether or not my word comes true!” Numbers 11:23 NLT

That statement touched my heart. Has God’s arm lost its power? Did he cease to do miracles now as before? That day, I stood up to pray, and I pleaded with the Lord to send us money. Two requests I made: 1) That God should provide for us the complete money to pay our rent by month’s end. 2) That God should provide a very sound bus for the state body on or before the state conference by the ending of that same month. Having done my part, I began to wait for the answer.

The next week, things began to move! People that we had contacted months earlier to support us (without success) suddenly started calling us on by themselves and asking us to come and pick some money! Little by little, the funds began to flow in over that next two weeks. By the end of the month, as we were all preparing to attending our state conference, our new zonal coordinator went with the complete money to meet the landlady!

When we got to the state conference venue, I sighted a new white ford bus with tinted glasses, and it was written boldly – NIGERIAN CHRISTIAN CORPERS FELLOWSHIP, OGUN CHAPTER. I walked up to our Transport and Organizing secretary and asked him to explain to me what happened. He told me simply that a certain man came and met them and told them that the Lord instructed him to gift a bus to NCCF, Ogun state. So, he brought the bus right on time, as we were all preparing for the state conference. We nicknamed that bus ‘Emmanuel’.

You know why I am talking about miracles today, right? Because 1 Kings chapter 4 is full of them. From the widow whose little jar of oil was miraculously supplied, to the woman who Elijah (through the power of the Spirit) enabled to conceive and give birth to a son, then ton the raising of the boy child from death when he died suddenly, then to the poisonous pot of soup that was miraculously made healthy again, and then to the miraculous multiplication of bread to feed many. The prophet Elisha was a custodian of miracles. Though a mere man, he so trusted in the Lord and knew the Lord that he was able to become a channel through which divine intervention flowed into human circumstances.

It is true that we are not meant to live our lives banking on miracles to deliver us, and it is also true that a times, our careless with issues may become the reason why we will need a miracle to deliver us from what we have entered into (like the man that carelessly put a poisonous leaf into the pot of soup). However, whether by mistake of our own, or by circumstances beyond our control, we all would do, one time or the other, with some miraculous intervention from heaven.

God still does miracles today. He still multiplies jars of oil. He still causes barren women to conceive. He still raises the dead. He still heals the poisonous pot. He still multiplies a little food to feed a thousand. What does he need to do all these?

He needs a man. A man that will believe. He needs a man that will put his trust in the Living God. The question he asked Moses is what he still asks, “has my arm lost its power?” Never! His arm is still strong in power, and he can still deliver at any time. In any area of your life where you need a divine intervention, call on His name, believe in Him, and He will not fail you. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever. What He did before, He can do again. Only believe.

Joshua Obodozie resides in Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa. He is a believer in Christ Jesus and in the authority of the Bible as the inerrant word of God. He is the chief editor of THE CHRISTIAN IN SOCIETY (www.thechristianinsociety.org) an online blog that reaches thousands of Nigerians and Africans with the word of God. He is also a Materials Engineer by profession.

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