Miracles; May 28, 2020

2 Kings 20:6 “‘I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.'”

We often forget that the blessings we receive aren’t because of us. It is true that Hezekiah’s tearful repentance opened the door for this blessing, but the foundation was God’s own character and the promises He had made to David. The story in general is remembered most for the supernatural evidence God gave Hezekiah that he would be healed. Lots of mental and verbal gymnastics have been done to try to explain it! It seems there was a stairway that was used as something of a sundial (the Japanese calls it that, rather than a stairway), and God apparently altered the rotation of the earth to the point that “sun time” was reversed to a degree. That bothers genuine scientists as much as a resurrection! However, it’s a demonstration that nothing is impossible for God. This is the second record of God doing something of the sort, the first being when “the sun stood still” for Joshua. (Joshua 10:12-14) Some people try to explain that as “psychological time dilation,” but here, a specific, physical indicator is referenced. We aren’t to ask for celestial miracles casually, but we need to remember that God can do them when He chooses! The point is, God does whatever is necessary to advance His plans, and since we are included in His plans, we get to go along for the ride. But as I said, we are not to think that God will violate the rules He set down for the universe just because we are so wonderful. No, it happens because of His plans that are based on His character.

I’ve seen a few miracles, but nothing as spectacular as this. I’ve got to remember that even small miracles aren’t because of me, even if I’ve been instrumental in them, but because of God’s character, His grace and love and mercy. When I first came to Omura I kept expecting God to do a resurrection or something of the sort through me, to confirm the truth of what He was saying through me. That never happened, but it’s still certainly possible. However my focus is not to be on such things, but on the Lord Himself, so that I will be attentive to listen to Him and be fully obedient. If that results in miracles, then praise the Lord, but I am never to worship miracles or encourage others to do so. I am to be fully submitted and obedient to my Lord so that whatever He wants to do in and through me may happen on His schedule, for His glory alone. If God had resurrected someone through me back when I was asking for such things, the focus would have come on me and I would have been ruined, at the very least. I am to know that God is genuinely omnipotent, but relate to that on the basis of my obedience and nothing else.

Father, thank You for this reminder. You have given this church a vision that is humanly impossible, but nothing is impossible for You. I ask You to bring that vision to pass, for the salvation of many and for Your glory alone. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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