Devotions By Jan

Magic or Miracle?

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Scripture for Today: Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.”

Our grandson on his fourth birthday was front and center with that magician, mesmerized by the seemingly impossible feats performed.  Lately, he has been drawn to all things magic, including hats, capes and wands.  But the awe on all of their sweet faces was priceless.  These little boys were properly amazed but the parents were impressed as well with the slight of hand.  Who doesn’t like to be astonished by what looks to be impossible?

Today’s verse describes not magic, but the miraculous.  God’s power is evident in the creation of the heavens and the earth.  No tricks or slight of hand were needed, only His incredible outstretched arm.  The heavens and earth testify to His great miraculous power.  By seeing and appreciating His power in creation, we can be assured that absolutely nothing is too hard for Him!

I have evidence of God’s power all around me.  And yet, I am sometimes so accustomed to it that it no longer seems miraculous.  Sure the sun will rise tomorrow morning.  Of course, principles of gravity will continue to hold true.  However, everything that God does is miraculous.  Anything that is caused by the power of God is a “miracle.”  But when His miracles become commonplace to me, than I can find myself wondering if something could be too hard for Him.  I need to have that child-like wonder when seeing a caterpillar or gazing at the stars.  When I do then my faith grows as I realize that NOTHING is too hard for Him to accomplish in my life!

Lord, help me to trust that nothing is too hard for You.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Magic or Miracle?

  1. Coucou, chère Jan. Pour la facilité je te fais mon commentaire en français ( je suis fatiguée, ce soir,e t j’ai très faim, en attendant mon mari qui va rentrer tard). Dieu est le Dieu des miracles. Je te recopie une anecdote que j’ai lue récemment: En 1814, à l’approche de l’armée russe, la population des duchés du Schlescwig-Holstein vécut dans la terreur. Une femme qui aimait Dieu pria que sa maison soit épargnée et protégée comme par une muraille. Avant d’aller se coucher, elle chanta encore le cantique de Luther: “C’est un rempart que notre Dieu, une invincible armure, notre délivrance en tout lieu, notre défense sûre”. Ayant entendu la prière son fils s’écria: ” Maman, il ne faut pas demander l’impossible!”. La maman répondit ” Pour Dieu tout est possible”. La nuit vint. Ils s’endormirent. Vers le matin, un grand tapage les réveilla. Les soldats étaient entrés dans le village, ils pénétraient dans toutes les maisons et les pillaient. Peu à peu les bruits diminuèrent et l’ennemi s’éloigna. Personne n’était passé chez eux!
    Comment leur maison avait-elle été épargnée? une épaisse neige était tombée pendant la nuit, et, poussée par le vent du nord, s’était entassée devant la porte, la cachant entièrement. Dieu avait envoyé un rempart de neige!

    Dieu est le Dieu des miracles!
    Que cette anecdote puisse t’encourager, toi aussi!
    Moïra

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