Today's Devotional Thought
January 28, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
We just started Beth Moore’s Esther study at our church. Wendy and I have the amazing opportunity to lead the women of our church in this Bible Study and I am so excited about it. I have already filled several pages in my notebook, underlined several verses in my Bible, and written all over the margin of my workbook with things that God is showing me. And, we just started yesterday!
What I want to share with you today is something that really hit me in our session yesterday. And I think you’ll see why it hit me as I start to explain it. In the first session, Beth was talking about providence and God’s presence and work in all situations. And she talked about how we sometimes see God’s presence and work through the miraculous things that we experience. God simply comes down and performs a miracle to accomplish his will. It is splendid and glorious and a brilliant display of his power and might. But then, she hit us with a question:
What do we do with those times when the miracle just doesn’t come?
Friends, I know what it feels like when the miracle comes. And believe me, it is breathtakingly glorious. But dear friends, I also know what it feels like when the miracle doesn’t come. And in those times, it seems like God is absent and he isn’t working in the way that you expect (or want) him to work. And when you feel like God is absent and the miracle is not coming, you can be left feeling like you are all alone. But friends, I assure you that you are not alone. In fact, God is just as active in the non-miracles as he is in miracles.
The more I study God’s Word and learn about him, I find myself understanding more and more how magnificent he is. Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:11 that God “works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” In the miraculous and in the not-so-miraculous, God is working out everything to fulfill his purposes. When he seems absent, he is not. When he seems like he is not working, he is. And when you feel like he has forgotten you, he has not.
I believe we have as much to learn from those moments where we felt no miracle as we do from those moments where we felt a miracle. When miracles come, it a splendid reminder of God’s power and sovereignty over all. But, please don’t forget that when miracles don’t come, God is still in control, is still all powerful, and is still sovereign over all.
God is still in the miracle business. But, more than performing overt miracles, God is in the business of fulfilling his will for the world and his will for you life. In all events, magnificent and not-so-magnificent, please remember that God is present and he is working to fulfill his will for your life. Believe that today my friends and move towards the life that God has for you.