Are you hoping for a miracle?
Maybe you’re broke. Maybe your marriage is on the rocks – or even headed off a cliff. Maybe your kids seem too far gone to ever come back to God. Maybe your business is on the verge of collapse.
Well, God’s ready to help you in a miraculous way. But it’s important to remember that you have to trust God because you’ll likely encounter troubles along the way.
That’s right, the path to a miracle always runs through uncomfortable territory.
The Bible gives an illustration of this in 1 Kings 17:8-10: “Then the Lord spoke his word to Elijah, ‘Go to Zarephath in Sidon and live there. I have commanded a widow there to take care of you.’ So Elijah went to Zarephath” (NCV).
God told Elijah to walk more than 100 miles during a drought through dangerous territory, where the people knew who he was and all of them had heard that King Ahab had a price on the prophet’s head.
When Elijah finally made it to Zarephath, he met a poor widow who offered to feed him. But how could she defend or protect him from a pagan town full of people who wouldn’t hesitate to kill him?
God doesn’t need to send miracles when things are going well. He sends us miracles when we need them, when things aren’t going well, when our only hope is in him. Here are four things we can learn from the miracles God did for Elijah:
1. God is all you need.
God can provide for your every need in any way, even in ways you would never imagine. When Elijah was exhausted and depressed after winning a confrontation with Ahab, Jezebel, and the prophets of Baal, God sent ravens to provide Elijah with food. Who could have done that but God?
And when the widow of Zarephath told Elijah she only had enough flour to feed herself and her son one last meal, God provided her with a bottomless jar of flour that fed her, her son, and Elijah until the end of the drought.
2. Where God guides, God provides.
When God gives you direction, he will provide what you need to get there. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (ESV).
3. Trust God one day at a time.
Why? Because regardless of your circumstances, you can only face them one day at a time. Trust God to take care of you in the present. Jesus said we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow because we have enough trouble for today.
4. God wants you to take a step of faith.
When God tells you what he wants you to do, he expects you to take that first step. And God won’t show you the next step until you’ve taken the first step. So, do what you know God wants you to do.
Your miracle is coming too. Life may seem rocky, but that’s just the time when God steps in to provide for you.
Just ask Elijah!
Love and joy to you all,
(Source: Rick Warren)