I love the title of chapter 13 "Uninvited" by Lysa TerKeurst. Often God hides miracles in the midst of the mess and chaos of the circumstances in our lives.
She shares several stories from the Gospels of how before and after the each miracle, the disciples and others often "laughed" at Jesus, didn't believe Him, or didn't recognize Him. He was rejected. She points out that "Inspiration and information without personal application will never amount to transformation."
Wow! Lord, how often do I do that? How many times do I need to go around the mountain to learn "this"? All too often I find myself "resisting His promises" and that causes me to "forget God's presence". I hear the Lord
I hear the Lord saying to me, once you learn this lesson, then we can move on. It's not a scolding...but Him saying, let's do this again, TOGETHER, because you need this tool in your toolbelt for what's coming ahead. I'm teaching you to act differently, to see things and others differently instead of reacting out of your finite resources. I'm here to show you how you can dig into MY abundant supply of resources! By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
2 Peter 1:3 (NLT) "By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence."
Lysa encourages the reader to keep our heart pliable, to seek God's truth, to apply His truth to the situation and to own the truth so it will transform our hearts. Because in doing so, we can see the "miracle in the mess" and God can do His work!
How will you look for the "miracle in the mess"?
Links to the other posts in this "Uninvited" Series.