Miracles? With all the news we hear about the COVID19 pandemic, how can I mention miracles? Because miracles are happening! There are unseen miracles all around us! Pandemic refers to something that is prevalent over a whole country or the world. So, let’s declare a pandemic of miracles!
I want to share three situations in which we can see miracles if we are willing to look for them.
1. As highly contagious as the coronavirus is, it is a miracle there are not more people who have contracted the disease. Statistics change by the second. However there continues to be more births than deaths. Remember, COVID-19 may be contagious but so is hope.
2. It is a miracle how many people have recovered from this deadly disease. Let’s share the positive statistics rather than the negative death toll.
3. As believers, the greatest miracle is eternal life after physical life. John 17:3 says, “Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.” I John 5:5&11 declares, “Who then overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. . . Whoever has the Son has life.” Last Sunday, we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. Think about the resurrections being experienced by believers who have died.
Yes, we serve a miracle working God. But, how strong is your faith today? Do not be discouraged if you are asking questions. The Bible is full of stories of individuals who grew in faith through trials. Use this time to allow God to deepen your faith.
In Mark 5:21-43, we have the account of Jairus asking Jesus to heal his daughter. The verse that jumps out at me is verse 36. “Don’t be afraid; just believe.“ God is speaking these words to us today. Hear these words as a challenge – not a command. God knows our human tendency to be afraid. Feel Him tenderly draw you into His arms. Hear Him whisper in your ear that He loves you. He is offering you a solution to your feelings. He is extending you faith to replace your fear.
Are you struggling to believe Him wholeheartedly? Think about the story in Mark 9:14-29. A father and Jesus are talking about faith. Listen to verses 23 and 24. “If You can?” echoed Jesus. “All things are possible to him who believes!” Immediately the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief!” Is this where you are today? You believe, but you feel like your faith is being shaken. You want more faith. Sometimes we have to realize what we lack before we can receive more. God will use this time of uncertainly to increase the certainty of our faith.
We are reminded in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” II Corinthians 5:7 says, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” Both scriptures stress that sight is not a part of faith.
Beth Moore has written, “Attempting to exercise you faith according to what we can see cancels out that very faith. . . . Our faith must rest on God’s identity, not His activity. . . . When you don’t know what God is doing, you can find stability in Who He is.”
Let us strive to fulfill II Corinthians 4:18. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” The unseen miracles that are happening around us will only be visible through our spiritual eyes. I remember a chorus we used to sing. “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart. I want to see You. I want to see You!”
Max Lucado writes, “Feed your faith, not your fears. If you feed your faith, your fears will starve.” Lucado also points out that the critical principle for seeing the unseen is to ignore what people say. Believe what God says. Look for the positive. Don’t just listen to the negative.
Matthew 12:20 tells us, “A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.” If you feel like your faith’s flame is flickering, don’t give in to fear. Remember what took place in Acts 2. The disciples couldn’t figure out what was happening after Jesus left them. Then the Holy Spirit descended upon them like tongues of fire and set their faith ablaze. Jesus promised in John 14:26, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” The Holy ‘Spirit is our teacher and helper. God does not expect us to develop a deeper faith on our own. He helps us. II Timothy 1:6 tells us to fan the flame. Allow the fire of the Holy Spirit to fan faith’s flame in you.
Because of COVID–19, we may identify with Paul in II Corinthians 1:9. “Indeed we felt we had received the sentence o death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.” If this is your feeling, please remember Romans 8:28. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” The growth of our faith may be unseen at the present time – just like the unseen miracles around us. However, God is at work. When we are honest with Him about our faith and feelings, He will not desert us. Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”
Currently, Waymaker is one of my favorite songs. I am reminded of one particular line. “Even when I can’t see it, You’re working!”
Think about Joseph and all he endured because of his brothers. (see Genesis 37) Yet later in life, he said to his brothers in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” I believe the day will come when we can declare this verse relating to the coronavirus. It was meant to harm us, but God will use this difficulty for His glory.
Is your faith growing? Jesus says in Matthew 17:20, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Even a tiny bit of faith is powerful with God. I recently read online, “If a tiny virus can do this much damage, imagine what mustard seed size faith can do.”
Sarah Young writes as the voice of Jesus in Jesus Always for March 26. “Seek to see Me in the midst of your circumstances. Look for signs of My unseen Presence as you walk along the path of Life. Gratefulness opens not only your heart but also your eyes. When you know Me intimately, you can find Me in myriad tiny details as well as in the big picture of your life. Take time to notice all My blessings – small and large – and to thank Me for them. This practice will help you enjoy My many gifts. . . . Also ask Me to train you in trusting Me more consistently. Well-developed trust enables you to go across treacherous terrain without grumbling. The more challenging your journey, the more frequently you need to voice your confidence in Me.”
My Reader, join me in repeating Psalm 34:3-5. “Magnify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces shall never be ashamed.” Let’s stop giving COVID-19 so much power. Let’s magnify the Lord who has all power and authority!
Are you ready to embrace the words of Joshua 1:9? “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Yes, God promises to be with us even when we do not understand – even when doubts creep into our thoughts. Remember the instructions we are given in Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Yes, we serve a miracle working God! However, I do not want to demean any of you who are currently suffering in any way from this horrible virus. You are in my prayers! Psalm 86:15 says, “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” You may not see it yet, but God has some unseen miracles for you as well. I do not know the answers to all the physical and spiritual questions being asked. However, I want to believe for more of the miraculous for all of us.