LOOK FOR JESUS WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT HIM

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A man was walking home from a mall one day and it started to rain. It poured with the ferocity of a tropical thunderstorm and the man was forced to take a detour and head for the underpass, en route to the bus stop. The situation was averted for the moment, but he was thinking of how he was going to get home later, since there was no sheltered walkway linking his apartment to the nearest bus stop. In that kind of rain, the mere 10 yards he had to walk would have left him more drenched than a duck taking a dip in the pond. So as he was walking through the underpass to the bus stop, he said, “God, if You are there, make the rain stop when I get home.”

Sound familiar? When faced with troubles, we often wonder where God is. We do not see Him in the provision, because the funds, or the income, have not yet come in. We do not see Him in the healing, because the loved one, or our own condition, has taken a turn for the worse. But beloved, Jesus wants you to know that He is where we least expect Him to be, in places where the world tells us it is impossible, in the wind, in the rain, in the things that the world, despite its advances in technologies, know it does not control, in realm where only He can control. Look for Him there.

When asked, how it was possible for man to get to heaven, He has this to say.

“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

And if we look at the miracles of Jesus, one thing is clear, it always happens in ways where there is no possibility that the miracle could be attributed to any other person, thing or phenomenon, other than Jesus.

Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine was just that, miracle. Now, remember that there were no convenience stores around where the party was in those days, and surely no speedy delivery services. Yet in that instant, Jesus turned water into wine.

“Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” John 2:6-10

Now, there were no clever edits in this episode. No one ran out to the nearest store or winery, because if they did, the servants would have said so to the master of the feast. It was not superfluously recorded for us that the servants who had drawn the water knew. Nothing is superfluous in the Bible.

So from the time it took for the servants to draw water out of the waterpot till the water touched the lips of the master of the feast that was how long it took for the water to turn into wine. Any doubt who did it? Clearly not.

In the episode of the woman with the issue of blood, it was recorded for us that the woman had spent a large part of her money on the treatment, but to no avail. But notice how long it took for her to get healed.

“Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.” Luke 8:43-44

Yes, immediately. Touch and stop. Is there any possibility that it could have been by any other cause? Clearly not.

In the case of Lazarus, Jesus not only raised, Him, He reversed decay. And for that to happen, He had to wait four days after Lazarus had died to perform the miracle.

“Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” John 11:39-40

Now if you were the ones waiting for the miracle, what would you have been thinking in the four days that Jesus took to get to you? You would probably think He was not there, or that He did not care, would you not? Would you ever expect His reason for His delay to be this?

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” John 11:5-6

“Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe.” John 11:14-15

He loves us so He delays? He wants us to believe so He delays? But beloved, that is exactly it. On hindsight, we realize that had He not waited, modern science would have had a plethora of reasons for skeptics to jump on to say that the raising of Lazarus was not a miracle. And some still do say so even today. But no, the wait was necessary; so that there would be no doubt that it was Jesus at work. Now we know.

And even when there was a miraculous, God-given source in front of Him, Jesus still chose not to use it.

“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.” John 5:2-4

Here was a holy pool, a God-given pool. Surely if Jesus used the pool, it would be alright because He is the Son of God. But instead, Jesus chose to work the miracle like this.

“Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.” John 5:5-9

He could have had His disciples carry the man into the pool or did it Himself. But if He had done that, how would that incident be viewed now? Who would get credit for the healing?

Jesus came to show that the source of all blessings and healing had come, and was walking the face of the earth. He needed no tool. And in the same way, He is saying that to you today. Beloved, whatever you are facing today, Jesus will see to it, for He has said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

But He will do it His way, where there can be no doubt who the miracle came from.

But why does Jesus work in this way? Well, He tells us why He hears us and does whatever we ask in His name.

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

Miracles happen; prayers get answered so that our Father gets the credit. Is it not right that the source of all miracles get the credit for the miracle? Why should the originator of all blessings share the limelight with those who have no power to give it? No, when a miracle happens in your life, when you get supplied because you asked for it, there will be no doubt who gave it to you. It will always be Jesus.

So the next time you are looking for a miracle, do not let your imagination be limited by worldly expectations. Look in the realm of the impossible, the realm where Jesus and our Father can be credited for the miracle, and no one else, for that is truly what a miracle is.

Now, remember that man in the underpass, who issued God the challenge? Would you like to know what happened to him? He eventually got on the bus dry because there was a sheltered walkway linking the underpass to the bus stop. But 8 miles and a 40 minute bus ride later, he arrived to a dry home. There was not a drop of rain to be seen.

Beloved, “my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:19

Believe.

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