August 14, 2017
READ: Psalm 105:1-11,37-45
Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given (v.5).
“Miracles are everywhere,” declared the actress who portrayed Christy Beam in the movie Miracles from Heaven. The film is based on the true life experiences of the Beam family after middle daughter Annabel contracted an incurable intestinal disorder that was inexplicably healed after a death-defying fall. Christy realised that in focusing on the illness, she’d missed other ‘miracles’ the family had encountered before her healing. Although miracles are typically defined only as clearly supernatural interventions, Christy recognised that events that helped her family survive the trial were equally amazing because they revealed God’s hand in the midst of their pain.
The author of Psalm 105 similarly encourages his audience, in light of the history of God’s miraculous faithfulness to His people, to “give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness, [and] let the whole world know what he has done” (v.1). Keeping His promise to give Abraham’s descendants the land of Canaan (v.11), God preserved the nation by sending Joseph to prepare a place for them in Egypt when famine overtook their land (vv.17-22). When the Egyptians enslaved the expanding Israelite nation, God sent Moses and Aaron to deliver them with a series of stunning miracles (vv.24-38). Once out of Egypt, God sustained His people, providing food and water in a barren wilderness, and ultimately leading them successfully into the Promised Land (vv.39-45).
When we take our eyes off our problems and instead focus on the acts of God in our lives, we will begin to see miracles of His goodness. As we uncover these treasures, may we also sing out in praise to the One who watches over and lovingly cares for us.
365-day-plan: Luke 15:1-10
Read Psalm 103:1-5 and meditate on God’s daily goodness in your life.
Take out a diary and document instances of God’s goodness you’ve encountered. After doing so, reflect on what you experienced.