Friends Magazine Hong Kong
By Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva
June 2012 Edition
In October 2011, the world was shocked by the death of the genius inventor and charismatic pioneer behind personal computer revolution. Considered as one of the world’s most influential leaders and wealthiest businessmen, the “early” death of Apple Inc.’s chairman and chief executive officer came as a chilling surprise. People questioned why medical science failed to save him, considering that he had at his disposal all the money needed for his treatment.
Then illumination hit the hearts of men: money, genius, fame, and power are no match to life’s impossibilities. Ultimately, God alone decides the fate of men. “For the life of every living thing is in His hand, and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10, NLT).
The fact that life is fleeting can be the reason why theoretical physicist Albert Einstein opined, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
What is miracle? An online search defined miracle as an event that appears inexplicable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God. How does one experience it? Let me share the following thoughts for us to ponder.
Miracle is conceived in the womb of impossibility. Until we have reached that point when nothing but God can help us, we haven’t reached our point of miracle yet. Most assuredly, anything that can be explained by nature, answered by human wisdom, and cured by science is not ripe for miracle. Why? Because the working of miracle is a divine opportunity that is reserved exclusively for God, that He may display His sovereignty over all. It is the one realm that man cannot usurp God’s power.
This miracle-working power of God brings to mind the parting of the Red Sea during Moses’ time, the giving of birth of Sarah to Isaac when her body was as good as dead, the crushing down of the walls of Jericho by the mere shouts of the Israelites, the feeding of five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fish by Jesus, and His raising back to life of His dead friend, Lazarus.
All these great miracles have a common denominator: an impossible situation. It is during these times when God’s word rings the truest: “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NIV).
And those who have experienced God’s mighty acts are right in declaring, “O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by Your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for You!” (Jeremiah 32:17, NLT). “I know that You can do anything, and no one can stop You” (job 42:2, NLT).
An impossible situation is not a dead end. Rather, it is the highway to experience the LORD’s miraculous work, if only man can believe that all things are indeed possible with God. This brings me to my next point.
Miracle is birthed by faith. Miracles only happen when a person believes in miracles. Jesus Himself declares, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes” (Mark 9:23, GOD’s WORD Translation).
Matthew 9:27-30 records the story of two blind men who followed after Jesus and cried out to Him for their healing:
“Jesus went into a house, and the blind men followed him. He said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they answered.
He touched their eyes and said, “What you have believed will be done for you!” Then they could see.”
Like these once blind men, the only way for us to see the miraculous is to look at the impossibilities of our lives through the eyes of faith. Because “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see” (Hebrews 11:1, Common English Bible Translation).
Dear reader, if you are in an impossible situation right now, draw near to God in prayer (James 4:8). Seek Him through His Word (Jeremiah 29:13). Believe that He can make all things work together for you (Romans 8:28). Trust Him and He will direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Remember, with your right response to life’s impossibilities, you are rightly positioned to experience your greatest miracle!