Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Miracle in the Making

Grand Sweep Daily Reading: 2 Chronicles 35, 36; Psalm 90

2 Chronicles 35:20-21 (NIV)
20 After all this, when Josiah had set the temple in order, Neco king of Egypt went up to fight at Carchemish on the Euphrates, and Josiah marched out to meet him in battle. 21 But Neco sent messengers to him saying, “What quarrel is there between you and me, O king of Judah? It is not you I am attacking at this time, but the house with which I am at war. God has told me to hurry; so stop opposing God, who is with me, or He will destroy you.”

Psalm 90:17 (NIV)
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.

Good morning!

Does the Lord ever surprise you when He fills someone you least expect with the power of His Holy Spirit? Sometimes we tend to forget that God can choose to use any one of us to help spread the Gospel message, even a pagan king! Pharaoh Neco was ruler of Egypt, a pagan nation. Neco had a bone to pick with the Babylonian people. He and his troops were on the way to join forces with the Assyrians in an attempt to overthrow this perverse nation. To get to the Assyrian troops, Neco had to march his army through Judah, where King Josiah tried to stop him. Josiah could not accept the notion that the Lord God Almighty would walk with a pagan nation, and refused to listen with His spirit to the words of Pharaoh Neco. Josiah, faithful servant and lover of the Lord, lost his life because he could not see what God was doing right in front of his nose. Sometimes, the message of the Lord is delivered through the voices of the ones we least expect. Have you ever missed a message from God Almighty because you were too focused on the messenger?

Amazing things happen when people meet the Lord through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. When we open our hearts to Him, we can see how the Lord can work amazing miracles through another person’s life. God never ceases to amaze me. I can see Him when I least expect it. It can be easy to misinterpret the sincerity or clarity of another person’s call from the Lord, when we close our minds to the endless possibility that God can use them for kingdom work. We must be careful to not become so closed minded that we miss His miracle in the making.

I’ve seen a lot of miracles in the last month of my life. Extraordinary milestone moments, all falling into place, a revealing of His plan for my future; why He has given me so many blessings, I cannot say for sure. Three weeks ago, I watched in awe as my youngest son said his marriage vows. He was just a baby yesterday, and now he is a married man. Three days after his wedding, my husband and I walked along the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, a sight I had never seen before. I marveled at the creative work of Almighty God. Seeing the Pacific Ocean for the very first time reminds me of the enormous capacity of God’s amazing love for all of His people, everywhere. On Memorial Day Monday, Jeff and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We sat together and watched the war movies on television, honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women who fight for the freedoms we experience each day. We have had thirty really good years in the safety and shelter of our nation. What blessings we have received! And just when I think life cannot get any sweeter, last night, I experienced the miracle of childbirth, as I watched my daughter bring forth her new son, our fifth grandchild, into the world. As I held this amazing, incredible life in my arms, I wondered what God would do through him. Baby Andrew was wide awake, and as he looked at his Granny Deb for the very first time, and I could see the twinkle of the sweet Holy Spirit shining all over his face.

Yes, you and I are miracles in the making. Do not be surprised when the Lord God Almighty taps you on the shoulder and chooses to use you for kingdom work. Be open to the potential that God plants in each of us to spread the Gospel message around the world. We are uniquely created for life in Him. Through every season of change - marriage, birth, death and resurrection, God calls us, equips us, and uses us, if we will only let Him. Will you let Him use you today?

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Pray for: a miracle in the making! You are His, and He is calling out your name. Just when you least expect it, God can take your life and transform it. Are you ready to step out in faith for Him? I’ll be watching for the miracle to spring forth in you.
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