The next miracle in our series is healing the multitude …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 15:29-31
As Christ continues in His ministry, we find a multitude now following Him due to His reputation that had been building throughout the area of Israel. In this account, we find Christ going up into a mountain and the multitudes followed Him, bringing many who were in need of healing… “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:”. In this case the multitude is described as having a two-fold reaction… “Insomuch that the multitude wondered,… and they glorified the God of Israel. “
In today’s time, as Christians, we should react in the same way to the many miracles He performs on our behalf. We should be a living a life of amazement at how gracious and powerful are His acts on our behalf. But sad to say, we have a tendency to minimize the wondrous workings of the Lord in our lives.
Think of all the miracles He does for us each and every day…. He gives us our physical life and health, He gives us our physical needs, He gives us an understanding of His Word, He keeps us physically and spiritually safe, He opens to us of service opportunities, He allows us to enjoy the presence of our physical and spiritual family members (and other friends and loved ones). And many, many more… the list goes on without end. For many of us He blesses us in all these ways, for others He sees fit to bless us in some of these ways.
But for ALL of us, as Christians, He blesses us with the greatest blessing of all, our salvation and all that comes with it, forgiveness of our sins, the HS indwelling, adoption into His family, eternal assurance of His presence… need I say more?
How heartbreaking it is that NONE of us appreciate, nor wonder over, His great and wondrous works as we should. We take them for granted and focus on this physical world instead of the spiritual blessings that surround us. We are silent in our praise for these blessings as we forget all that He does on a continual basis. We should all be ashamed.
What should our reaction to these be? The exact same as the reaction of the multitudes who, for the first time, witnessed His miracle working power. We should wonder at His power, His grace, His love and His kindness to us and then we should glorify God for working on our behalf.
As we begin our day, let us remember that we deserve nothing short of eternity in the Lake of Fire, and yet motivated by His love and grace alone, He has chosen to bless each of us beyond measure. Let us take a moment to think of all His blessings, and in awe and amazement dwell on His goodness towards each of us. And then, as did the Psalmist, acknowledge to Him, and to the world around us, what a gracious God we serve… Ps 40:5 “Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wondrous works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered.”
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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