Most people that believe in God will tell you that there’s no limit to what God can do. He can exceed what we ask him to do. Most people have experienced God working on their behalf. And still, each time, we’ve been pleasantly surprised when God works to the fullest. We testify and shout until the next time God’s divine hand shows itself in a big way in our lives. That’s us. We love when God does something great for us and yes, he deserves the praise.
I believe there’s a part of us that often feels unworthy. So when God does show out on our behalf we’re not only humbled and but also surprised. Think about this: if we are children of the King and obedient to his will, we have every right to believe he will perform miracles for us. Sometimes after the miracle happens, I will say to myself, “I knew he would,” but it’s those in-between stages before he DOES IT that I often worry.
It’s normal to worry and allow our minds to dwell on troubles. I’m not just talking about trusting “Daddy” to send us a car. We’re talking severe stuff: job losses, serious health issues, financial woes that could leave us without necessities like food, clothing, transportation, and we’re dealing with things that influence our happiness, like finding the right mate or personal fulfillment in our careers or the break up of our homes.
When we bring a problem to the God of the universe, we honestly don’t know how he’s going to work it out. We know he is a higher, wiser, infinite power that can control events in our lives, and so we come to Him for help.
There is no playbook in life that if you do everything perfect, life will come out perfect. Life is not about perfection, but it’s about growth and learning along the way.
One of my miracles
Despite doing all the right things to be financially secure, more than once I’ve almost lost my home. The first time because of an injury my husband had on his job and the second because of a job loss combined with a bad money decision. In both cases, God kept a roof over our head and food on the table and worked out my problem by touching people’s hearts to give me large sums of cash to make my payments. I mean large amounts. One person loaned me over $4,000, and another gave me $2,000 and both times it was a miracle for me. They didn’t even know me that well. One of them knew my problem, and other said that God strongly laid it on their heart to give me this sum to help me and they didn’t know why, but they trusted I would put it a good use for my family. I know this was the hand of God. In both cases, we were in dire straights with the mortgage company, and I had no way to pay. I would not have had the courage to walk up to even my relatives and ask for such a sum, but God, through good Christian friends sent me assistance.
The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. Proverbs 21:1
I was shocked in both of those cases. I didn’t know how I would get my need met, but this was the way God chose to do it. Even when I don’t see how a problem will get resolved, I’m comforted every day in the knowledge that I love God, and I know he loves me.
We ask God to perform because it’s usually something we can’t do for ourselves. We put the problem in his hands because our hands are too finite like keeping us in good health or keeping a loved one safe. We may stress over these things because we don’t have much control. Think about it. People jog and eat right and still get cancer. People save money and still lose it. We can do all we can to keep our family safe, and tragedy may still strike us. So what is the point in getting obsessed with a difficulty that hasn’t happen and may not occur? Yes, do what you can, but realize once you approach the throne of God, the story will end the way he sees best.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV)
That’s why I find great comfort in the scriptures telling me not to worry about my everyday life. What I will eat, wear, or how I will live.
That’s not giving up on life; it’s trusting God with my life. I know that He knows. I know that he’ll help me with the hard times.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but if we know God, we know we have an advocate. He loves us and is on our side even when it seems like life is not.