The Reason For God's Miracles

In Sunday School yesterday, we talked about God's miracles - at least all the ones we could squeeze into 30 minutes. There are powerful and mighty miracles on every single page of God's Word, and narrowing it down was so difficult. How could we not mention some while choosing to talk about others? They all bring joy and share the love of our glorious Creator.

Just rejoice over these few:
* God speaking to Moses out of the burning bush
* Parting the Red Sea
* The walls of Jericho falling at the sound of trumpets
* David and Goliath
* Job's restoration
* The three boys in the fiery furnace
* Jonah in the belly of the whale

And Jesus so wonderfully:
* walking on the water
* calming the sea
* healing the blind
* raising the dead
* turning water into wine
* feeding the five thousand

But in the end, one blessed my heart more than all the others.

Luke 18:35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:

Luke 18:36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.

Luke 18:37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.

Luke 18:38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Luke 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

Luke 18:40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,

Luke 18:41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.

Luke 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.

Luke 18:43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

This miracle isn't just a Bible story, to be remembered as a fable or an old wives' tale. Our precious Savior stopped and took the time to restore this blind man's sight. Nothing with the Lord is ever random or done on a whim. He has already seen the end result of every action and knows what our reaction will be.

And I believe with all my heart that verse 43 is the very reason He healed this man. He knew that when the man's sight was restored, He would follow Him and glorify God. This miracle was so powerful and so personal to him that He had no choice but to give all the glory back to the Lord.

Plus he became a witness to the people around him. They couldn't help but notice that the now-not-blind man was able to see. He wasn't begging anymore, but rejoicing in that man named Jesus! God's power was shining in Him, and that deserved their praise!

God doesn't give miracles simply to make our lives better. Of course He performs some type of miracle for us each and every day, and they do make a profound difference. But He only does them so we will have the same reaction as the blind man - glory and praise.

Even as you read this, God is working miracles in your life. He is cleansing you, defeating enemies, turning sorrow into joy, saving lost souls and providing exceeding abundantly above for our every need.

I'll do the miracles, God says, and you do the praising!

Let's do the praising!

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