MIRACLES: Nothing Is Impossible
On Sunday morning, Ross and I launched a new message series titled: “Miracles: Nothing Is Impossible.” In March, we will explore the ways in which GOD performed the miraculous among His people throughout history.
As we contemplate our official groundbreaking on April 20 and the subsequent construction of our new campus facility, let us also pray for GOD to perform the miraculous through this period of time: the construction of the building and entering the facility debt-free. This task is GOD-sized. I am reminded of this quote from Dr. Henry Blackaby in his Bible study “Experiencing GOD.” He wrote:
“Some people say, ‘GOD will never ask me do do something I can’t do.’ I have come to the place in my life that, if the assignment I sense GOD is giving me is something that I know I can handle, I know it probaby is NOT from GOD. The kind of assignments God gives in the Bible are always GOD-sized. They are always beyond what people can do, because He wants to demonstrate His nature, His strength, His provision, and His kindness to His people and to a watching world. That is the only way the world will come to know Him.”
Total church revitalization and total campus relocation have been GOD-sized assignments. The “road” has been paved with many challenges. The path has been difficult. But I love what John Piper wrote in his exposition of the wandering of the Israelites in the wilderness for 40 years:
“GOD would never make it in the travel industry because He is always leading His best clients into the wilderness. He even led His own Son into the wilderness 40 days. So it’s clearly not because He has something against people that He leads them into the wilderness. He must think there is something good to be gotten out of it. He must think there is no hurry to glut oneself on milk and honey.”
It took 40 years for the people of GOD to reach the promised land. Lots of twists and turns. Lots of funerals. Lots of suffering. Lots of discouragement. Through it all, GOD was their divine travel agent, guiding them, disciplining them, teaching them, keeping them off the short route, revealing His daily provision and demonstrating His supernatural power through the miracles He performed.
Why did GOD make the Israelites path AND OURS so challenging? Why is the path winding rather than just straight? Deuteronomy 8:16 gives us the answer for both the Israelites AND us: “Who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.”
GOD has humbled and tested us – and continues to do so! But He promises “to do you good in the end.”
AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THAT END!!!