“And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” (Matt. 14:26-29)
If the Lord needs you to walk on water, you will walk on water, the real question is, will you need to tell everyone you know that you did so?
What we like to call miracles happen every day, perhaps many times a day, but only to those who are not amazed by them, only to those who expect them.
Hospitals are full of accounts that are never made public knowledge of people who have been healed by the Lord, and the most you will hear from them and those they know is, “God was merciful.” We should expect the unexpected, for we serve a God with whom nothing is impossible.
I would ask you to consider a verse I have been pondering here, and please, keep it in context. “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.” (Mark 6:5) Now, there are a lot of prosperity preachers, so-called healers, and other assorted what I will politely call deceived individuals that believe in the so-called “name it and claim it” ideology, that if we have enough faith, anything is possible, and there are several verses that they will use to back this up with. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13) “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14) And of course, when their desires are not met as they wanted, they can always fall back on James 4:3, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”
My friends, miracles are not miracles to God, they are an everyday event to Him.
But I bring up what was said in the previous verse about the Lord not doing many mighty works in His hometown because it may be why He is not doing any mighty works in your life. There was a saying going around religious circles sometime back that said, “Expect a miracle,” and of course because most people are led by their emotions, they did expect one, but when it did not arrive, they stopped looking for them altogether. Remember, the just live by faith, but the just can also falter when faith is not answered occasionally.
There is a very, very fine line here, a precarious tipping point that I do not feel able to express properly. Without some form of acknowledgment, or if you prefer, miracle, even in the smallest form from the Most High, even born-again believers can become callous in their walk with the Lord. A sort of “Well, I guess it was the Lord’s will” mentality takes over, and they spend the entirety of their lives expecting nothing but the same. In a way, the wonder of the Lord ceases in their lives.
On the other side of that line are those who actively search for miraculous events and will inevitably become deceived by almost any immediately unrecognizable event.
A fine line indeed.
I believe that many people only pray earnestly when the conditions or circumstances are disadvantageous to them, when times get tough, and sadly they only reach out to the Lord as a last resort.
If you want to see a miracle, when you are done reading this poorly written letter, get up, find a mirror, look into your eyes and ask the Lord, “Why me, why did you choose me?”
If you are praying for someone to be healed, and they are not, you must be able to do more than say, “Thy will be done.” If you have asked in the name of Jesus Christ anything for the glory of God, and He does not answer you, ask Him why not. Reverentially, with great respect and in all humility, remembering your place, but ask. He will not get angry, He loves you, and the answer that you receive may be the miracle you were looking for.