Given May 21, 2017
As happens frequently during praise and worship time at church, the words to a song captivated me and the Holy Spirit spoke to me about a Spiritual concept. The lyrics were from the song “When You Are Here” by Bread and Wine and this is the line that spoke to me: “When You are here, miracles are possible.” I looked around our congregation and saw the 250 or so people and thought about the word “possible”. If God is here, which He was, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20), why are miracles only possible? Why do miracles not just happen?
I was reminded of the story in Luke 5 about the man who was brought on a mat to Jesus and they had to lower him through a hole in the roof because of the crowd. All the big shots from the church were there and it says in verse 17, “and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.” When You are here, miracles are possible. The healing miracle was available to all but the leaders of the church didn’t believe so it was not possible for them. But Jesus saw the faith of this man’s friends and the healing was possible. We have to believe and not doubt, (James 1:6) and we have to show our faith. I’m reminded of the daughter of a co-worker who was interviewed for a job on Friday. On that Sunday, she tithed on the salary she would receive from that job. On Monday, she got the job!
Another answer I received was from James 4:2, “You have not because you ask not.” God and all His miracle working power is present but we have to ask, we have to pray to Him for our miracle. John Wesley once said, “God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.” As I think about our congregation and all the miracle needs that were represented there, the possibility for miracles, I wonder how many truly believed, would show their faith and ask for their miracle.
You don’t have to be in a congregation for God to be present either. “lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20). “He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6). He is here!