“It expands my faith to know that God is not limited to working in ways I can understand.” ~Sandra Byrd
Have you been distracted by problems and adversity as of late? Have they kept you from prayer? God is never bewildered by our circumstances but He does want us to seek His counsel and request His help. What may seem impossible to us is nothing for our Creator to overcome. In fact, God can be very imaginative when it comes to helping His people.
The Bible is full of amazing stories that tell of God’s miraculous provisions, and they are not only found in the Old Testament. There are plenty of miracles and amazing accounts of God’s provision recorded in the New Testament as well. And since God is never changing, miracles occur in the present times too!
“God is able to accomplish, provide, help, save, keep, subdue… He is able to do what you can’t. He already has a plan. God’s not bewildered. Go to Him.” ~Max Lucado
God usually affects His purpose through second causes; but He also has the power of affecting His purpose immediately, without the intervention of second causes, and thus working a miracle. The purpose of miracles is simple. They are seals of a divine mission.
A commentator once observed: “The God of Scripture is an Almighty God. He would have had no problem getting the great fish to swallow Jonah… or Jonah to swallow the great fish.” God can, has, and will transcend the laws of nature to accomplish His purposes in the world.
Your situation may not require a miracle requiring the absence of second causes. God will most likely bring about people and events to meet your need. Time and patience are necessary. But you can find comfort in knowing that God’s promise to provide for your needs is faithful and true. His promises will always meet our needs. Notice that Philippians 4:19 begins with, “And my God.” Paul is speaking of a personal God, a loving and faithful Creator.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
We can find encouragement in the many ways God provided for the Israelites during their exodus out of Egypt and eventually into the Promised Land. When it seemed like there would never be any freedom, God provided a strong leader to guide the Israelites out of Egypt. When there was a need for water but only bitter water was available, God saw their physical need and provided sweet water for them to drink. Of course, God also provided manna to feed His people as well (Exodus 16:14-15).
“So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?’ So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.” Exodus 15:22-25 (NKJV)
Besides meeting our physical needs, God cares about our emotional well-being. If you are mourning, Scripture promises us comfort. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4) If we are overwhelmed, Scripture tells us to approach God and He will give us rest. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) If we are weak and full of anxiety, the Lord once again provides what we need! “The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”(Psalm 29:11)
When we are in the middle of adversity, it is easy to forget that God is on our side. He loves us! The enemy would like you to believe otherwise and make you question your circumstances and discomfort. But God sees our misery and records it! Why would He make a record of our pain if it did not matter to Him? “Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record?” (Psalm 56:8)
As you move through your day, speak words of truth out loud. Memorize the promises of God. Seek them out in Scripture. You will find that they build you up and enable you to fight the good fight. Nothing bewilders God. He is unshakeable.