Experiencing the Power of God
God’s Power is Dependent on Faith – Part VII
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:53-58
Key Verse: Matthew 13:58
And He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
I recently had major surgery. I did not understand why I had to go through that since I had prayed for divine healing. But God knew best, and He used the doctors to help me make a good and fast recovery.
One incident gave me a good reminder of how God works. I had not been feeling the greatest the day before the doctor was planning to release me from the hospital. I thought it was simply a normal part of my recovery. But that night I got violently ill and could not keep anything down.
The next morning the doctor told me he would need to put the tube back down my throat to my stomach. I was not pleased, to say the least. I hated the procedure, but the moment the tube was in, there came immediate relief to my pain. The doctors quickly figured out the reason for my set back and they released me a couple of days later.
This is the lesson that comes to my mind. Many times, God allows problems to come into our lives about which we are unhappy or do not understand why. But God knows what we need way more than we do. We would tell God “No thank you” if He asked our opinion.
However, God deserves our trust, just like my doctor deserved my trust when he told me I needed to have that tube put back down my throat.
This is what the Apostle Paul meant when he wrote:
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)
And Romans 8:28 (NLT) goes along with this:
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
A good sign of spiritual maturity is a Christ-follower that faces their troubles with this kind of attitude: “I don’t like this, but I know I that God has determined to do good for me and through me.”
I have learned from God’s Word that I am not smart enough to know for sure what is good and what is bad in my life. I know when I do not like something, but I realize that that does not necessarily mean that it is bad for me. Only God has that kind of wisdom.
Father, I trust Your wisdom and Your goodness to me, even when I at times do not like the circumstances of my life. Please continue Your good work in me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.