I noticed something recently while looking through the life of Jesus. My pastor challenged us to read through Luke to better understand the background and author of the book of Acts, which our church is currently going through on Sunday mornings. I’ve been amazed already at how much I have learned. Not only random details included in His miracles that I had never noticed before, but even the TIMING of the miracles. The way it doesn’t speak of Jesus performing ANY miracles until He was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. It gives more of a testament to His humanity, and a greater reassurance that if we received the same Holy Spirit the Jesus did, we are so obviously here to perform the SAME MIRACLES. Now, there’s a ton more scripture to back this point up, but that’s for another time. (Don’t you just love how I always say that and never actually post about it again?) What I want to focus on in this post is another point about the miracles we are all waiting for.
It’s been pretty clear to most people reading my blog that I live a life with a complete and unwavering faith in modern day miracles. I posted about my own experiences with a medical miracle in my own life. (Check out that post here:Worthy of a Miracle) My desire, however, is not simply to brag about my own miracles. No, that would be completely missing the point of what the Lord did. My desire is to show you that they are real, they are completely and totally the work of God, and that God desires nothing more than to work them in YOUR life.
So with that mindset, let’s dive into the Word.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Luke 5:4-11, NLT
This is not an uncommon story. Most believers have heard it from a very young age. It’s one of my oldest memories of hearing the miracles of Jesus Christ. This time reading through, however, a lot of things jumped out to me that will forever change how I view the workings of our Great God.
- Jesus didn’t make a miracle before the miracle was needed
A lot of times we get so caught up in timing. “God, where are you?! Things could get bad! You better show up before we have an issue!”
When Jesus instructed these men to go cast out their nets for fish, they had ALREADY been doing so all night long. They had already fished for hours upon hours and come up with nothing to show for it.
Can you imagine how easy it would have been to write off the miracle as coincidence if Jesus had told them what He did BEFORE they had run into a problem? With no toil, no working, and no lack of profit having taken place yet, the miracle wouldn’t have even looked like one. How crazy would Jesus have looked if he had shown up right before they went out in the boat the previous night, saying, “Oh, by the way, there are no fish out there. But POOF! Now there are. You’re welcome.” He would have looked like a kook. No, Jesus showed up and worked a miracle in a situation that was desperate for it. Don’t look at your life wondering why God didn’t work a miracle before the hardship came. Sometimes the issues and the pain NEEDS to be there for the miracle of restoration and healing to show the power of God for how mighty it truly is.
- Simon Peter looked past his own paradigms to be obedient to Jesus
Notice what Peter did NOT say. “Master, we worked hard all last night and there are no fish to be caught. So yeah, we aren’t going to go let down the nets. Bye, Felicia.” No! Peter recognized that this was the Jesus that had done miracles before. News had been spreading through the entire town that this Jesus dude was the real deal. People were coming from all over and simply his touch was healing them instantaneously. Peter knew this, and even though it made no sense, he did what was asked of him.
What are we being asked to do in our difficult situations? When Jesus comes in to create a miracle, he desires us to be a part of it with our obedience and faith. Jesus could have sent a wave that landed thousands of fish on the shore with one word from his mouth. He could have made a miracle in a way that required nothing from these men. But he instead chose to let them have faith and trust what he was asking them to do. They became a part of the miracle by participating in what Jesus was doing, regardless of what had already taken place the night before. Don’t be so quick to say no to what Jesus is asking you to do. Don’t look to what is around you and what your situation looks like. Listen to his every word and be obedient to it. You might just get to be a part of a miracle!
- The miracle was not the end, but the beginning of a new life
I do not believe that miracles are meant to save us from a momentary trouble in order to continue living the same way we always have. Miracles are meant to be the beginning of something NEW. Jesus didn’t give them all those fish for them to go feast with their families and go back to normal the next day. He did it to show the power of the Holy Spirit and prove himself as God. He did it to show them the truth, and through that gain followers and friends. Be aware that when the miracle takes place in your own life, it is not for the purpose of going back to how you always were. Quite the opposite, in fact! It is for the purpose of doing a NEW THING in your life. Don’t take the blessing and pretend it doesn’t change you. See his wonders and follow him! I am of the firm belief that every single person reading this has a destiny to do great things. Whether you’re 10, 50, or 100 years old, the miracles God is doing in your life are for the purpose of showing his power so he can USE you as a vessel for that very thing. Don’t be content to sit and watch God work. Let the ways he moves in your life change you forever!
I believe God is working miracles for every single person reading this. He has plans that have been in the works for thousands of years, and are about to burst forth in a flood of power and glory. Don’t trouble yourself with the questioning of when it’s coming. Don’t miss out on your involvement through faith. And more than anything else, when the miracle DOES come, let it change your life. There’s nothing more joyful than becoming who God destined you to be.