God Want’s To Bless You! Yes, You!

Today I have been thinking about miracles God has done. As I am currently studying the Old Testament I will start there. How about at the beginning? I do not know if the person reading this is a creationist or evolutionist. Either way, it takes faith to believe either theory. I for one am a young-earth creationist. What that means is that I believe the earth was created in a literal 6 days not each day represents a certain span of time. But, if you believe in an old earth, or young-earth creation is the first miracle we know of from God. We would not be here if it was not for this miracle. To read about it just go to Genesis 1 and 2. Genesis 1 is the literal telling of creation. Genesis 2 embellishes the story adds flavor and character to the creation story.

Picture of stars in the sky with the words And the earth was without form, and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters: -Genesis 1:2 KJV

Another miracle of God that I remember studying about is the Israelites 40 year journey to the promised land. Let’s talk about some of the backstory on this. I know it may be a well known story to many reading. But, here it is: Back when Abram left his family land at the prompting of the Lord and he arrived in Canaan.

4When Abram was seventy-five years old, he started out from Haran, as the Lord had told him to do; and Lot went with him. 5Abram took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the wealth and all the slaves they had acquired in Haran, and they started out for the land of Canaan. When they arrived in Canaan, 6Abram traveled through the land until he came to the sacred tree of Moreh, the holy place at Shechem. (At that time the Canaanites were still living in the land.) 7Ac 7.5; Ga 3.16 The Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “This is the country that I am going to give to your descendants.” Then Abram built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8After that, he moved on south to the hill country east of the city of Bethel and set up his camp between Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There also he built an altar and worshiped the Lord. 

Genesis 12:4-8

So, this would be the promised land the Israelites took 40 years to get to. But, where were they coming from?

13Ex 1.1-14; Ac 7.6 The Lord said to him, “Your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land; they will be slaves there and will be treated cruelly for four hundred years. 14Ex 12.40,41; Ac 7.7 But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and when they leave that foreign land, they will take great wealth with them. 

Genesis 15:13-14

Israelites were just freed by God through many trials and tribulations brought on to show God’s power and His love and devotion to His people. You can find much of this story in the book of Exodus. It is a good book to read to learn about ourselves. We are still as the Israelites, trusting things around us, our circumstances over trusting the Lord. But, because of their mistrust, some behaviors by Moses and other leaders God made them take a long way around. What should have taken weeks, God stretched it out to 40 years. He did this because he told the generation that came out of Egypt would never enter the promised land, only their children would.

26Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 27“How long must I put up with this wicked community and its complaints about me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against me. 28Now, tell them this: ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say. 29You will all drop dead in this wilderness! Because you complained against me, every one of you who is twenty years old or older and was included in the registration will die. 30You will not enter and occupy the land I swore to give you. The only exceptions will be Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.31“‘You said your children would be carried off as plunder. Well, I will bring them safely into the land, and they will enjoy what you have despised. 32But as for you, you will drop dead in this wilderness. 33And your children will be like shepherds, wandering in the wilderness for forty years. In this way, they will pay for your faithlessness, until the last of you lies dead in the wilderness.

Numbers 14:26-33

The miracle I wanted to point out in those 40 years of wandering in the desert their clothes, and shoes, never wore out!

5For forty years I led you through the wilderness, yet your clothes and sandals did not wear out. 6You ate no bread and drank no wine or other alcoholic drink, but he provided for you so you would know that he is the Lord your God.

Deut. 29:5-6

God even provided for their nutrition! What a miracle is that!

But you think that was thousands of years ago, God doesn’t do miracles today! Look at the struggles around us, the turmoil, the PANDEMIC! Where is He in that? If He could do all that back then, why does He not help us now? I do not have all the answers, other than I do know we have been turning away from God slowly for many years. When you read my post about the book of Judges maybe it will help you understand a bit too.

What I CAN offer is an example that God is still with us, still caring for us if you just look around. It is something that happened to one of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family. See at one time she was living in California with her truck-driving husband. He had a heart attack and cannot drive anymore. She also had an injury at work that damaged her knee so she cannot work. They moved to Oregon and through many trials and struggles ended up living in an RV park in a small 5th wheel trailer. They have been blessed to find a great park with great neighbors, but still, their home was less than ideal. But, they never complained, always knew that God was with them and they had a lot of family support.

Well, one of their neighbors started getting very sick. So my cousin and her husband started to help him the best they could. The neighbor recently passed away and his family found out everything that my cousin did for their relative. Just today the family bought them a bigger motor trailer, it is not a new one, but it is a very nice one!

As they were pulling their new home into their log several of their neighbors came out clapping and cheering for them! I am just about in tears just writing about it!

I pray this encourages you today as we are all in this together. Times are hard for everyone around the world. We are all suffering, but as we turn and help others God sees it. If with what little we may have right now, just going and checking on our neighbors is more than enough usually. God sees it, He sees your need and He will provide in the right way, at the right time as he did with my cousin.

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