2Samuel 5:11-6:23; 1Chron 13-16 – Praise for ancient and modern miracles

Tonight I am writing about miracles.

On Sunday, our pastor spoke about new beginnings and pointed out that the miracles recorded in the Bible happened AFTER an act of obedience.  I had never considered that, but as I look over in my mind’s eye the miracles that I remember, it is true:

Jesus fed the 5000 after his disciples obeyed him in bringing out the food.

Jesus told the paralyzed man to take up his mat and walk.  And the paralyzed man obeyed.

Jesus healed the person with the crippled hand.  He told him the stretch out his hand.  And he did.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after he told the people to roll the stone away.  The people did, and Lazarus was alive again.

Tonight I came across another account of a miracle.  The Philistines marched on David and his people.  David asked the Lord what to do…and God told him to approach them from behind.  David obeyed, and what happened next was the miracle:

23-24 This time God said, “Don’t attack them head-on. Instead, circle around behind them and ambush them from the grove of sacred trees. When you hear the sound of shuffling in the trees, get ready to move out. It’s a signal that God is going ahead of you to smash the Philistine camp.”

25 David did exactly what God told him. He routed the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

David obeyed, and the Lord went before him into battle, securing their victory in a sound that was similar to a marching or rustling sound at the tops of the trees.

Then there’s the story of…little old me.  When I found out yesterday that the doctor found a lump in my breast, God told me to trust him.  I obeyed and asked my friends to pray that the lump would not just be gone, but be gone without a trace.

Guess what happened today?  When I woke up this morning, I could no longer feel the lump.  The mammogram showed all normal tissue, and the ultrasound did not find any abnormalities.  None.  Zero.  Zip.  Do you get chills?

I immersed myself in Third Day’s Show Me Your Glory on the way to the clinic today and also on the way home.  It remains one of my favorite praise songs of all time.  In Honor of the One who answered my prayers, who actively heals me and cares for me and for you, I post this song of praise:

Thank you, Lord!!!  Oh, how I love you!!

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