As a father who loves us, God is very interested in our affairs. He has the best in stock for us as his children, much more than we will ever need. So, we can always run to him whenever we are in need of anything, even for a miracle.
Sometimes, some unfavourable things could happen that would dampen hope and make tomorrow look bleak. For instance, an unexpected bad news, loss of a job, an unprecedented fall in stocks, and a heart-breaking result from a doctor’s diagnosis could be examples of these unfavourable things. Whenever things like these occur, we should always refer to God’s words and his promises to us. He cares.
Okay. Since our father cares and he has made promises in his words, what should we do in times when storms are raging the wildest? The answer to this question is, ‘Stay expectant’. We should expect that miracle. We should expect that turnaround. We should trust God so much that we wouldn’t even imagine him forsaking us. Our trust in him should birth our expectancy. It should make us see that glimmer of hope in a father that loves us beyond how much we can ever comprehend his love. The bedrock of expectations in God is faith. Only a person who has faith in God’s ability to bless would be expecting blessings from him at every point in time.Thus, faith births expectancy.
As illustrations, let’s examine two accounts of miraculous healings from the book of Mark which have three things in common. In Mark 5:25-34, there is the story of a woman with the issue of blood for twelve years. She was in the crowd that was about Jesus as he went with Jairus to the latter’s house. She managed to get close enough to Jesus, touched him and received her healing. In Mark 10:46-52, there is the story of a blind man called Bartimaeus. He was a beggar at the road side as Jesus moved along with the crowd that followed him. He, Bartimaeus, called out for mercy and got the Lord’s attention. The Lord asked him what he wanted and he asked to see. His healing was granted him.
The first similarity with the two stories is that both persons healed by the Lord had expectations. In Mark 5:28, the woman was quoted to have done this:
‘For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28 (NLT)
She was expectant. She couldn’t have been if she had no faith in Jesus. In Mark 10:47(NLT), this is written:
‘When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
He also confidently cried to the Lord for help in anticipation of a miracle.
The second similarity is that they both received their healing. This was however based on a common factor which brings us to the third similarity in the two accounts. They were people of faith. The Lord healed them based on their faith as seen in the verses below:
‘And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” Mark 5:34 (NLT)
‘ And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.’ Mark 10:52 (NLT)
Faith. Expectations. Positive Results.
Friends, let’s keep expectations in the father higher still. Let our faith in him not waver in the face of whatever storm might surface. Great is our God and if he is for us, who and what can be against us?
Keep expecting that miracle as a testimony of your faith. The Lord will not disappoint you. Forever, he is able!
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