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Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. Jude 5 (NIV).
This is the start of Jude listing out six examples of how the Lord delivers His people. He did it using miracles, and those miracles still happen.
While the Israelites were in the desert, they “grumbled” against the God who had delivered them from slavery in Egypt. They had survived the Passover, had been brought to Sinai, and had walked through the Red Sea, and had seen the Egyptian army drowned. They had been fed on manna and quail; they had seen the pillar of fire every night; they had seen water come from the rock. They had the Ten Commandments.
And it wasn’t enough.
All these miracles demonstrated that God was more powerful than the most powerful nation on Earth. Again and again, the miracles re-iterated that God loved His people more than His people thought possible. And, again and again, the miracles weren’t enough. God wasn’t enough.
Tell me: are the miracles in your life enough to prove to you that God loves you?
If you’re in the middle of a divorce, if you’re enduring bankruptcy or joblessness, if you’ve been told you’re dying, if you’re brokenhearted, abused, or hated, if you think you’re unlovable, tell me: do you actually trust God or do you think God only loves you on your timeline?
You woke up today. You have a beating heart, air in your lungs, and blood flowing through your veins. Science can’t make life, but God does. Miracles.
You’re reading these words online, either on a phone or on a computer. They came from my office in North Texas to wherever you are. Just a few years ago, this wasn’t possible, but it happened today. Miracle. Do you want me to list the thousands of large and small miracles that happen every day around you? They aren’t just coincidences, or chance, or fate, or technology, or any other explanation that a cynical world uses to try to explain God.
You have a choice. You can recognize these things for the truths they are, or you can reject them. If you recognize them as miracles, as God’s gifts to you, today especially, shouldn’t you be thankful for them? In a tough year in an uncaring, fallen world, shouldn’t you give thanks to God in your way for all He’s done for you? Maybe it’s not all you wanted, or wished for, but God gave it to you so it’s what you need. And it’s just the start. Who knows what other miracles today might bring?
The ancient Israelites didn’t do this. They rejected God so He reluctantly turned them over to the consequences of that choice. Make a better choice today.
For further reading: Numbers 14:29, Deuteronomy 1:32, Psalm 106:26, 1 Corinthians 10:105, Hebrews 3:16-17, 1 John 2:20, Jude 6
Lord God, thank You for the hundreds of miracles You perform in my life every day. Thank You for all You give me!
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