Beginnings of the Miraculous
” 42 A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said.
43 “How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked.
But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.’” 44 Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.”. 2 Kings 4:42-44 NLT
This passage looks a lot like the times in the New Testament when Jesus feeds the five thousand or the four thousand.
This is an Old Testament reminder that my God specializes at doing the amazing with a little. The teaches me that He wants me to be faithful in using what He has made available to me. Too often I complain about what resources I think I need or lack and I grumble about what I don’t have rather than seeking to be a good steward of what I do have.
There are more times than I can count when I have thought that I have been called to wait on God for a miracle. I think the truth is that most times God is waiting on me instead. God wants to act and intervene, but He is waiting for me to act. He is waiting for me to pray. He is waiting for me to take the step of faith. He is waiting for me to act first before the miracle comes.
The servant in this passage didn’t fully trust God, but Elisha did… And that made all the difference in the world.
Todays passage teaches me that my weakness is a better weapon of God than my strength. God does not call and greatly use only the most equipped people Instead, He equips those who are called to be greatly used by Him.
As I sit here at Queen’s Hospital waiting for my wife to come back from her testing and preparation for brain surgery, I take this passage as a confirmation of being faithful to utilize the resources that God has put before us rather than complaining about what we DON’T have.
Everyone wants a miracle. No one wants to need a miracle. No one wants to need to have to step out in faith to receive the miracle.
I am trusting the Holy Spirit for a miracle for my wife.
Holy Spirit come and heal my wife. We will take the steps before us in order to recieve the miracles You have for us. Amen.