Closing the Gap 2.13.18

By February 13, 2018Daily Devotional

Week 6 Day 2

Pray:

Ask God to reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.

Read:

Hebrews 11:11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

Reflect:

“Where is my miracle?” This is the question some have asked, even demanded of God.  The answer is always, “You have no miracle, only God does.”  Miracles are signs of God’s faithfulness much more than they are signs of our faith.  By faith Abraham considered God faithful.  Abraham’s faith would mean nothing if God were not faithful.  Some believe in the power of the human spirit, mind, and will to accomplish miracles.  This is not true.  There is no “secret” power in the universe waiting to be tapped by human potential.  There is a universe (all that has been created) and there is a creator.  We are part of the creation, and we are made in the image of our creator.  We have potential, but we are not divine.  We relate “up” to God in our image-bearing features; we relate “down” to creation in our finite, limited features.  Our faith must be in his faithfulness, never in our potential.  It has been said that a lot of faith in a weak bridge will get you wet, while a little faith in a strong bridge will keep you dry.  The amount of your faith is not the point (a tiny mustard seed will do); the object of your faith is the point.  Our faith must be firmly in God’s faithfulness.  All miracles are from him and about him.  They point to something much bigger than me and my current circumstances.  All physical miracles have expiration dates stamped on them.  A physical healing does not last forever.  Provision of a car, a spouse, a job, a sum of money—even if given in ways that clearly demonstrate God’s intervention—does not last.  What lasts indefinitely is the glory of God revealed in his actions in and among us.  His miracles point me and others to him.  Is he able to do what you ask?  Yes, of course he is.  Then why doesn’t he?  Because he doesn’t want to; it is not best for him and his purposes.  But what of you and your purposes, what if it’s best for you?  In the end, what is best for his glory is best for you.  Close the gap today on your faith.  Ask him for what you want and do this with faith.  Then trust him for what he gives and do this with faith.

Pray:

(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)

Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today.

 

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