“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” (1Cor. 12:28)
God is, was, and always shall be a God of Miracles.
The Bibles says,
“For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” (Mal. 3:6)
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Mat 19:26)
We read of a man in the Old Testament by the name of Job who lived in the land of Uz. The Bible says that he was perfect and upright in the eyes of God and the Lord had blessed him to the point that he was the greatest man in the east.
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” (Job 1:1)
God was boasting in Heaven about Job when Satan accused him before the Lord. He declared that the only reason Job feared God was because God had blessed him above all others.
Satan said that if God would allow him to afflict Job and remove his blessings, then Job would turn against the Lord and not serve Him anymore.
With faith in Job, God allowed Satan to do as he requested.
Satan removed all of Job’s blessings that God had given him and struck Job’s body with a terrible disease. His friends turned against him and even his wife said, “Why don’t you just curse God and die?”
“Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.” (Job 2:9)
However, in all of this Job was faithful to God and did not sin.
The Book of Job tells us that Job said,
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.” (Job 13:15-16)
Job believed in God’s deliverance and salvation; however, he believed that it would come beyond the grave at the resurrection.
“If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14:14)
However, with God all things are possible. He is able to be a “right now” God of deliverance, salvation, and miracles.
“(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2Cor. 6:2)
Job did not have to wait until the resurrection before he would see a “change come” in his life.
“And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” (Job 42:10)
The Bible tells us in the Gospel of John about a disciple of Jesus named Lazarus.
Lazarus became sick and his sisters, Martha and Mary, sent for Jesus to come and heal him.
“When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” (John 11:4)
However, Jesus tarried and Lazarus died.
The Bibles says,
“Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” (John 11:14-15)
Martha and Mary were continuing to mourn the loss of their brother several days after his funeral when they heard that Jesus was coming.
When they came to Jesus, He comforted them and assured them that Lazarus would live again. They expressed their faith by declaring that they knew he would live again at the resurrection.
“Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (John 11:24)
But again, with God all things are possible. He is able to be a “right now” God of deliverance, salvation, and miracles.
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:26)
“She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” (John 11:27)
Jesus called for them to remove the stone that covered the tomb of Lazarus and Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
The Bible says,
“And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:44)
Sometimes, we don’t have to wait until we enter Heaven’s gates to behold the miraculous power of God.
There are times when God allows things to happen just so He can be glorified in the eyes of all who see Him do the impossible.
In the Gospel of John we read of an instance when Jesus passed by a man who had been born blind.
“And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:1-2)
“Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:3)
And as it was in the beginning when God created man from dust, Jesus took clay with spittle and again created from the earth. This time, He created eyes that could see.
“When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,” (John 9:6)
“And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” (John 9:7)
God has not changed. Even in this day and time, the Lord has prepared situations throughout the earth where miracles are waiting to happen.
He is just looking for someone who is willing to go and enter into that situation with faith, someone who is willing to hear from God, and who is bold enough to obey and believe that with God, all things are possible.
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” (2Ch. 16:9)
The Lord is looking for someone that He can put His faith in. He is looking for someone who, like Job, will be steadfast in faith no matter what the circumstances.
He is looking for someone who is willing to make the necessary sacrifices to be a vessel fit for His use.
In the next few posts, we will see what the Bible says about miracles and what we can do to be the instrument God might use to reach a faithless and hurting world with the miraculous power of God.