remember the miracles
By Janice Lewis
May 8, 2020
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1 Samuel 2:22-4:22
Eli was a respected man of God, from the tribe of Levi; a tribe set aside for high priestly duties. He knew of God’s greatest miracles: the parting of the Red Sea, manna and water provided in the desert, freedom from slavery and many more. Yet Eli was unable to perform his duty as a Godly father, negligent in training and disciplining his own sons in righteousness, and the sacred ways of the Lord. They were disobedient and corrupt, evil in every way. Perhaps Eli was more concerned about how his sons would react to his firm discipline, than what God was requiring of him as a priest of his home and nation. He also forgot that if he failed to discipline his sons, God would (and did).
At the same time, young Samuel was serving under Eli’s direction. I love how the Lord entrusted Eli with a Godly young boy to come along side him as Eli was aging, and
to offer Eli another opportunity to train and discipline. Samuel was obedient to Eli, and responded to him faithfully. Eli knew that the Lord had a call on Samuel’s life, and he encouraged the boy to listen carefully to God’s voice. When God called out to Samuel in the middle of the night, 'Samuel answered, "Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.” ‘ (2 Sam. 3:10) This precious response has always touched my heart, as it beckons me to do the same. As Samuel grew up, God was with him, and everyone in Israel recognized that he was a true prophet of God.
Who has God placed in your life to speak truth into and train?
Psalm 106 tells us that ‘We have sinned, even as our ancestors did; we have done wrong and acted wickedly. When our ancestors were in Egypt, they gave no thought to Your miracles; they did not remember Your many kindnesses, and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea. Yet He saved them for His name’s sake, to make His mighty power known.’ (Psalm 106: 6-8) Verses 1-12 are an introduction to a summary of man’s sinfulness throughout history; but more importantly, it is also about the Lord’s saving power for His name’s sake and mighty power to be known. The psalm is a song of national repentance and how God patiently rescues us from our self-willed nature and propensity towards not remembering His miracles in our lives. Never in our lifetime, has a call to repentance been so critical for each of us. It becomes easy to forget our own witnessed miracles: the birth of a child, the long awaited adoption, the love of a family, an addiction conquered, an illness cured or in remission, our marital successes, the natural beauty of our universe or our very existence- all miracles from His loving Hand!
in John 5, Jesus teaches us very emphatically that 'whoever hears His word and believes Him who sent Jesus has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.’ (John 5:24) The Pharisees were expecting their version of a Messiah. Their agenda and narrow-minded hearts could not see that this Jesus, Who was prophesied throughout the Old Testament, was offering them hope and eternal life. I, too, remember a time in my life when I could not see Jesus. It was a miracle that led me to my knees, and to open a book I had never read, and turn to a passage I was completely unfamiliar with, to be forgiven by a Jesus I never truly knew. He knew me, however and revealed Himself so that I would enjoy eternal life with Him now and forever.
What is your miracle story?
As we shelter in place, how very blessed we are to know that we are truly living 'in the shelter of the Most High, and finding rest in the shadow of the Almighty…..You will shelter me with Your wings. (Psalm 91:1,4 NLT)
Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.
— Psalm 106:1
Prayer to start with: Let us praise God, whose goodness and steadfast love are everlasting. With joy we praise God’s wonderful deeds. Happy are those who act justly and whose lives reflect God’s righteousness at all times; so look on us with favor, O God, for we rejoice in all your faithful dealings with those who have gone before us. Like them, we have sinned; we fall far short of your goodness. Like them, we forget you and replace you with idols of our own making. Yet, as you heard Moses’ prayer for his people and delivered them from certain death and destruction, so you hear Jesus’ prayers for us, and graciously grant us the gift of salvation. Let us together praise God, whose goodness and steadfast love are everlasting. Amen.