God does things in a big way. Mediocrity for Him is definitely not a standard. Apart from creating the entire universe and every living thing in it all by Himself, He was a master of some of the most amazing miracles.
Our Miracle Mover
Only God for example could part the Red Sea (or any sea for that matter), cause plagues to fall upon an entire nation, and guarantee the defeat of a giant Philistine by a scrawny shepherd boy. In the New Testament He healed the sick, fed thousands with little to nothing and walked on water through His son Jesus. For me, one of the very biggest miracles of all was the conquering of death. Remember when Lazarus fell ill? Jesus didn’t go right away. The NIV bible says in John 11:6 that “Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.”
Poor Lazarus had been dead for four whole days by the time his friend arrived, yet when Jesus shouted: “Lazarus, come out!” John 11:44 proclaims that “The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.” From the very beginning however, we guessed that Jesus might have had a big plan in store for Lazarus because from as early as verse 4 of the same chapter He told us: “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s son may be glorified through it.”
What needs to die in our lives so that we can live better?
Around Easter time, we spend quite a bit of time reflecting on God’s glory. We readily acknowledge that Jesus died after being crucified yet was raised in victory to join His Father in heaven. But let us pause and ask ourselves about the things in our lives that may need to ‘die’ or be ‘crucified’ so we can ‘live’ better. Not sure what I mean? Then think back to the time when you might have heard someone comment that losing a prestigious job, serious relationship, dream house or luxury car was the best thing that ever happened to them because God was able to raise them up to triumphantly conquer that ‘death’ and to live even bigger and better.
Let’s trust in His “Big-ness”!
Our God is a big God and He has this way of causing us to triumph in ways that are unimaginable and unfathomable. A part of us may have to die or be crucified along the way yes, but we should never stop trusting in Him or waiting on Him patiently to work His amazing miracles in our lives. In the meantime, let us remember that we are an important light in today’s blurred world; let us be encouraged and reflect on God’s promises to us as His beloved chosen ones, all the while rejoicing that Jesus is indeed alive (having risen from the dead) and is brightly lighting the way ahead of us … hallelujah!
Verses for Reflection
“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.”
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.