GENESIS 7:1-5: “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation. You are to take with you seven pairs, a male and its female, of all the clean animals, and two of the animals that are not clean, a male and its female, and seven pairs, male and female, of the birds of the sky — in order to keep offspring alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will make it rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing I have made I will wipe off the face of the earth.” And Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.” CSB
OBSERVATION: Am I positioned for the miraculous? As I enter the New Year am I trusting the Lord to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all I am able to ask or think? What is the key to walking in the miraculous provision of the Lord?
There is a great difference between the Biblical record and many books written by men when it comes to the miraculous. If I was to rely on the many books that have been written, I would end up adopting some system to receive my miracle. Yet, the Bible never teaches a system. It proclaims the wonders of a miraculous God who worked in miraculous ways for very ordinary people.
Miracles were never the works of man. They were always the gift of God. Paul, rebuking the Galatian church said,
- “You foolish Galatians! Who has cast a spell on you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by the Spirit, are you now finishing by the flesh? Did you experience so much for nothing — if in fact it was for nothing? So then, does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law? Or is it by believing what you heard — just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness?” Galatians 3:1-6 CSB
The story of Noah is a wonderful example of the miraculous provision of God given to an ordinary man of faith. God called Noah to build an ark, gave him the instructions, and Noah built it. Some have estimated from the Biblical record that it took Noah between 55-75 years to complete this project. In modern day terms that would be an entire lifetime. For a man to build an ark, for a proposed flood, on dry ground, requires faith. And the Biblical record states,
- “And Noah did everything that the Lord commanded him.”
There is a unique participation between man and God in the working of the miraculous. God calls man by faith. Faith is evidenced in action. And God’s miraculous provision meets man at the intersection of these two. God called Noah to build an ark. Noah believed God (faith), and he built the ark (action, obedience). But how was Noah to round up all the animals and lead them into the ark? And who was going to close the huge door of the ark once they were securely in? This is where the miraculous provision of God meets the faith and obedience of Noah.
We have three cats in our house. I love cats. They are really my favorite four legged animal. Yet, have you ever tried to herd up three cats and put them into a single room? Needless to say – it is a challenge. Now put yourself in Noah’s position. How in the world, apart from the miraculous intervention of God, could he ever lead two of every living creature into the ark? And how could he guarantee that every species would remain healthy and alive as the floods came and they waited for the waters to subside? It was all the miraculous provision of God!
Someone wisely said, our job is to do the natural, it is God’s job to do the supernatural. It is when faith is evidenced in obedience that we are positioned for the intersection of the miraculous to touch our lives. What we are not able to do, He is able to do. All we can give Him is our obedience, the fruit of our faith. The rest is up to Him. If Noah had given up and not built the ark, none of us would be here today. His obedience opened up the wellspring of miraculous provision through the promised seed, Jesus Christ our Lord.
This is not works righteousness. We never earn the miraculous provision of God. We simply meet it on the road of faith and obedience. Faith trusts God so much that it causes us to act. When we are faithful in the small ordinary things, no matter how long it takes, the Lord shows up with His miraculous provision. It is not always overnight. Abraham had to wait 25 years for his son of promise. Yet, God touched a barren womb and a man past the age of siring a child, and Isaac, the child of miraculous provision was born!
When you read the pages of Scripture this is the pattern you will find. God calls a man. The man believes in the call (faith). The man acts on this faith (obedience). God meets the man with His miraculous provision. It is really quite simple. Yet, we complicate it so that we can make it into a formula that will sell books or seminars. This New Year we all have a choice. If we want to meet the miraculous provision of the Lord in our lives we only need to trust and obey. The old hymn puts it very eloquently,
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
Lord, as I welcome in the New Year, help me be positioned for Your miraculous provision. Help me to trust and obey!
In Jesus Name!