Have you ever prayed so hard for something, for someone a situation for weeks, months, years and the outcome still hasn’t changed? What if that miracle, that outcome we’re praying for isn’t what God wants?
Of course we all WANT good health, our families to be SAFE, our kids to make good choices and not fight, our spouses to love us unconditionally even when we mess up. Lately I’ve been seeing so many families going through so some hard devastating circumstances–their child has cancer, dad has cancer, there’s been an accident or a death. There is a desperation for God to come through to resurrect our devastating circumstances.
But, what happens when God doesn’t come through and grant us the Miracle we’ve been asking for?
Doesn’t God care?
Why wouldn’t God want to heal a child whose about to die?
Why wouldn’t God want a family to stay together and heal the person with addictions?
Why wouldn’t God want to fix this unbearable, horrendous situation that will only lead to more destruction?
In the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), there is a pattern of a message from Jesus and then a miracle to follow. Behind every miracle lies a deeper message. There is nothing wrong in wanting, hoping or praying for the Miracle. Not to sound depressing, what if the miracle NEVER happens? Where does that leave us?
Why We Should Let Go of the Miracle
Here is the point I want to breakdown.God is capable of anything, any miracle beyond what we could ever ask of him. What part of the miracle are we putting our hope in? The Gift of the miracle or the Giver of the miracle?Click To Tweet
When a Miracle happened in the Bible, they all started one of two ways–without any expectation/anticipation of the miracle or with a believing person or crowd who was seeking the Messiah not the actual miracle.
When Jesus healed the official’s son (John 4:46-54), the official sought out Jesus for a miracle to heal his son. He traveled a far distance to find him. The man believed Jesus had to be present to perform the miracle, but in this case his mere spoken words healed his son. The official sought out the one who was able to heal and Jesus granted the miracle.
In John 5, the handicap man sitting by a pool was not expecting Jesus to approach him and ask, “Do you want to be healed?” Jesus merely instructed the man, “pick up your mat and walk.” This man had no expectation to be healed and simply followed his instructions and was healed.
When Jesus fed the crowd of the 5,000+ people in John 6, they were seeking more of the Messiah and what he was able to do. When they were seeking and following him, they had no expectation he would feed the entire crowd with just two loaves of bread and five fish. They were seeking what Jesus was able to do, wanted more of Him not the reward of the miracle.
When We Let Go of the Miracle-
Letting go of the Miracle is HARD.
When we hold onto the Miracle, we put our Hope in WHEN or IF THE MIRACLE happens, we’re then seeking the GIFT.
Letting go of the Miracle, puts our Hope in what God is ABLE to do and TRUST He knows what’s BEST, we’re then seeking the GIVER.
Sometimes we have to ask ourselves hard questions and sit in the reality of the truth. What am I putting my Hope in the GIFT or the GIVER?
I’m not saying let go of the miracle and lose your hope. I’m saying let go of OUR expectation of WHEN the miracle WILL HAPPEN. We can’t put God in a box and DEMAND, ‘God, I want this miracle to happen, DO IT!’ We can’t EXPECT God ‘to FIX it‘ the way we want it. When we do, we’re putting a limitation on the miracle of what He’s ABLE to do.
Behind Every Miracle There’s a Deeper Message
Sometimes the deeper message isn’t God changing our outcomes, isn’t ‘fixing it,’ or even the miracle–it’s changing our perspective and changing our hearts. Sometimes God is waiting for the Breakthrough or the Miracle to Happen within US. If our hearts aren’t in the right place, we will never be able to receive the greatest miracle God has for us–Peace and Freedom. Eternal peace and freedom resides in God’s outcome of what He’s holding in His Hands not our circumstances that fall in this world.There is PEACE and FREEDOM when we stop displacing our hope in things that may never happen and TRUST IN GOD'S OUTCOME, what he has for us is ENOUGH and more than we'll ever need. Click To Tweet
Jesus NEVER performed Miracles to PROVE Himself or give another sign He was ABLE. He is ALWAYS Able and CAPABLE of the IMPOSSIBLE.
Are you praying for a Miracle?
Where Do you put your Hope, in the Gift or the Giver?
Is there an unsettling struggle in your life and you can’t put your finger on it? I challenge you to sit with these hard questions and be truthful and honest with your answers. We will never regret pursing the truth. Join me next week when we discuss, “When God’s love is the outcome.” Your are loved my friend!
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