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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Learning That Miracles Always Come from Unexpected Sources

In review of Isaiah 55:8 it says, “‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.’”

Bottom Line:
The Lord’s thoughts and ways are not the same as yours.

What this means to me:
The Lord thinks and does things very different from the way I do. He has declared that his thoughts are not my thoughts and neither are my ways, his ways. Everyone including myself has a need in life that we want met. I know I have my strategies that help me figure how to get it fulfilled. Often I may be thinking, “Maybe God could do it that way” or “Maybe I could help God along with this” or “Maybe I could give a suggestion here.” However, these thoughts are merely ways in which I’m trying to manipulate God. These will not work. What I’m learning is that the source of a miracle will not be where I think it’s going to come from. It’s always unexpected. God told Abraham that he was going to have a son, and that son was going to be the father of a great nation. Abraham was nearly 100 years old and had a little trouble believing God’s promise. So he took matters into his own hands and had sex with a woman who wasn’t his wife, and they had a son named Ishmael. But God said, “No! That’s not the one I promised. That’s the one you came up with using your plan, but that’s not my plan. My plan is I’m going to use your wife Sarah and do a miracle long after she’s capable of having children.” The way I want to meet the need in my life is not the way God wants to meet the need in my life. My way is second best. God’s way is always best. Isaiah 55:8 says, “’My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the LORD. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine’” (NLT). As I wrote about yesterday, the path to a miracle is always through uncomfortable territory. Today, I learn that the source of a miracle always comes in an unexpected way. So, I am to not fret, fear or try to figure it out on my own. Instead, I am to just have faith. I trust God, and say, “I don’t know how God is going to do it, but he will do it.” If God tells me to do something, even if it doesn’t make sense, I do it. Even if going in that direction, or to that location, or to talk to that person doesn’t make sense, I simply obey God and do what he tells me to do. And then, I get ready for a miracle. To show faith, I need to ask each day, “God, what can I do today that will require faith?” It’s an important question, because the things that require my faith are the ones that are going to please God and that he will work through..