Just imagine, in any given month in cities, towns and villages across the world…
Millions of people are typing the word “miracles” into their Google ™ search box.
- They wonder if miracles are real
- They wonder if miracles happen in the 21st century
- They need a miracle
- They are in a hopeless situation
I typed the word “miracle” in my search box and found 71,100,000 sites.
Wow! There’s a lot of information about miracles.
Today’s reading is all about miracles.
It not the “theory” of miracles,
miracles that make me wish I could have been there.
It makes me wish I could have traveled with Elijah and Elisha.
Let’s take a look:
- Elijah folded his cloak together and struck the water and the river divided and he and Elisha walked across on dry ground. –2 Kings 2:8
- A chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire and carried Elijah by a whirlwind into heaven. –2 Kings 2:11
- Elisha returned to the river after receiving a double share of Elijah’s spirit and struck the water with Elijah’s cloak and once again the river divided and Elisha went across. –2 Kings 2:13
- Elisha threw salt into the spring that supplied bad water to the town of Jericho and the water was purified. –2 Kings 2:20-21
- Elisha cursed a group of boys who were teasing him about his baldness and two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of them. –2 Kings 2:23-24
- One flask of oil filled so many jars that the widow and her sons were able to pay off their debts and live on what was left over. –2 Kings 4:2-7
- The Shumenite woman became pregnant when it seemed impossible. –2 Kings 4:15-17
- Elisha prayed for the Shumenite woman’s son who had been dead for at least a day and his life was restored. –2 Kings 4: 32-36
- Elisha threw flour in a pot of poisonous stew and everyone ate and it didn’t harm them. –2 Kings 4:41
- Elisha fed a hundred people with a sack of fresh grain and twenty loaves of barley bread. –2 Kings 4:42-43
When I finished the last verse my first thought was, “Lord, I want to be like Elisha. I want to stay so close to You that I inherit a double share of your Spirit.”
And then I wondered…
Were the miracles in today’s reading only for Elisha’s time and only for special prophets?
And then I began to think about the hundreds, probably thousands of miracles God has done in my life; with the biggest one being eternal life through Jesus Christ–
So for the millions of people who are wondering about miracles:
- Yes, miracles are real
- Yes, miracles happen in the 21st century
- Jesus Christ is the one and only miracle-working God
- In Jesus there is always hope
What miracles has God done in your life?
Holy Spirit, I pray for the people who are searching for miracles. Let them know that You are the miracle-working God. Let their faith grow as they read the miracles You did through Elisha. If You did it for them, You will do it for us!
I pray that we begin to seek the miracle-giver more than the miracle.
Draw us to You!
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1 through 2 Kings 8:15