Letting God Exceed Expectations
My mom told me a story about a really amazing experience. When she was little, a sister in the Niles Branch, Ohio, had a husband, a brother in the church, who was very sick. He went to the hospital, and he passed away while he was there. However, the sister was not in the mood to grieve. In fact, she would not let nurses and doctors take her husband to the morgue until the ministry from her church came to pray for him. Two ministers from the Niles Branch, Brother Russell and Brother Joe, went to the hospital to pray for this brother who had been passed away for some time. Under the hands of the ministry and by God's grace, the brother was brought back to life to the astonishment of the doctors, and he lived for many more years with his wife as a testimony to God's power.
Now, what could I gather about this sister's faith? Was she wanting the ministry to come see if they could perhaps bring her husband back to life, or do I think she was fully confident in what would happen? I am certain she had no doubt, that she 100 percent expected this to occur, and, more importantly, she knew it would.
I can also assure you this wasn't a regular occurrence in the Niles Branch; neither minister had ever brought anyone back from the dead before under the prayer and power of God. But I know they knew the scriptures, and I know they knew what God could do. And however much this was a blessing and a miracle of the power of God through the ministry, this story was simply about a sister who took God up on His promises to watch over her life and come through in a time of need.
Instead of approaching a trial with, "Oh no, how am I going to get through this one?" what would happen if I thought, "Oh good, I can't wait to see how God brings me through this!" The scriptures are full of God's promises of protection and love to His children. Deuteronomy 31:6 states, "Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them ... he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
Think of the greatest miracle you've ever heard in your lifetime. Perhaps it was a missionary telling a story of a young child unable to walk who was healed. Perhaps it was of a family who had nothing to eat and were visited by a stranger who provided them an entire Thanksgiving feast. Perhaps it was an experience of God steering someone out of danger in a close-call traffic accident. If I believe those happened, then I can also believe God will continue to take care of His people and exceed my human expectations.
Is there a miracle in our lives we are waiting for? Does a solution seem out of reach, or too far-fetched? By seeking out the Word, we will find ourselves among fellow followers of Christ who are presented with similar situations, who experienced the amazing power of God when they turned their mountainous trials over to Him.
Here are a few miracles that the world would tell us are impossible, but we know are true accounts in history by God's power:
- Peter walked on water to Jesus.
- Moses parted the Red Sea (still a body of water we recognize today).
- The woman with the issue of blood for 12 years was immediately healed by her faith when she touched the hem of Jesus' garment.
- God made the sun stand still for Joshua.
- Jonah was swallowed by a whale for three days and survived.
- Nephi built an entire boat for his family through God's direction.
- Elizabeth had a child in her old age.
- Mary, a virgin teenager, birthed the Son of God.
- Lehi and his family followed a compass sent by God that led them to the promised land.
"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27)
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