Do we want magic, or do we want a miracle?
(This is more from Furtick @ Elevation Church)
2 Kings 5 tells the account of a guy named Naaman who was healed of leprosy.
He was a military commander who was afflicted with leprosy, and sought out the council of Elisha the prophet for healing. So they met, and Elisha told him to go and wash himself in the Jordan river, and then he would be healed.
11 But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy. 12 Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Couldn’t I wash in them and be cleansed?” So he turned and went off in a rage.
Isn’t this so much like us?
Instead of wanting to do something to get the miracle of God, we expect someone to stand over us, pray a magic prayer and wave a hand and be cured. We don’t want to participate.
But maybe that’s it. Maybe God’s miracles come when we obey Him in the small things that he’s called us to.
He doesn’t need us to do it, but He involves us in the process.
Like the “feeding of the 5,000″ by Jesus, when he distributed 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish from some kid.
This is Jesus we’re talking about. The Son of God. Who doesn’t need our contribution but still by grace involves us.
I want to be really careful here and make sure that it’s not about our own works. A friend of mine relayed this to us at Church: If your dream is not intimidating to you, it is offensive to God.
Which means this:
When you pray for a miracle, and act it out, there is just this something about the situation that has to make you say “it’s only God that can do this.” It’s not a miracle if we can do it ourselves in our own strength – and we need to set our hearts right and not wait for “magic”.