Posted by: mikenicholsblog | December 10, 2009

expect the unexplainable

Recently, a friend shared what he considered to be a miracle with me.  During the course of our discussion, he was passionate about God doing the unexplainable, yet undeniable. This brief discussion sparked serious thought on my part about the unexplainable workings of God in our lives. It is fun and even encouraging to think of Moses and the Red Sea, or God providing a ram for Abraham. From the pages of Scripture and the recordings of history, God’s love and grace can be seen in events that are unexplainable and undeniable. But a constant stress point is moving our intellectual understanding to a faith that expects the unexplainable. I can promise you that walking by sight and not by faith will keep your journey explainable. But is that where anyone wants to live?

A personal confession might give more insight to my premise. Throughout my spiritual journey, I have seen God do the unexplainable. His protection, provision and grace have been undeniable to me. But recently I sensed a distractedness that had entered my prayer life. It may be easy to rationalize the “why”, but too much me, and too little God led to less effectiveness in my prayer time. Correspondingly, less unexplainable moments! If your journey has taken similar travels you know the frustration I felt.

The sequel to my distractedness was a commitment to recalibrate my prayer life. As if on cue, the great unexplainables started happening again. Sometimes the thoughts of, “would this have happened anyway?” creep in.  But I am confident that these coincidences (like there are such things) are from the Lord. I may not be able to explain everything, but His working has been undeniable. No matter the place of your journey, traveling a road of only believing what you can explain, will only weaken your faith and dampen your joy. We should not be so bold as to think just because we refocus, God is bound to perform some unexplainable miracle. His design however, is in blessing those who walk with a surrendered, faith filled heart. Jeremiah’s faith mirrored a trust in the unexplainable, undeniable power of God.

Jeremiah 32:17
Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made
the heavens and the earth by your
great power and outstretched arm.
Nothing is too hard for you.

Every person reading this post has a “too hard” issue. But He made the heavens and the earth by His great power and outstretched arm. If you have stopped praying fervently for your children, given up on finding a job, or lost hope that God may heal your loved one, you may be traveling by sight. Turn to the Father with renewed commitment. Let Hebrews 11:1-2 become your reality …

Now faith is being sure of what we
hope for and certain of what we do
not see. This is what the ancients
were commended for.

I can’t tell you when the unexplainable, yet undeniable coincidence (ha) will happen, but I am convinced you will see the hand of the Father move.

Our entire faith is built on the unexplainable, undeniable love of Christ. The Virgin Birth, amazing love on the Cross, eternal life … unexplainable, undeniable Thank you, Lord!


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