There are certain events that can only be described as a miracle. The car accident that you somehow avoided. The birth of a healthy child after doctor’s gave a woman little or no chance to survive. A full recovery from an operation when the odds and percentages were against you. These events and others like it are glimpses of God’s glory on earth. After you awake to experience another day, how will you respond to God’s glory?
The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me disrespectfully and reject Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the [miraculous] signs which I have performed among them? – Number 14:11
In the early days of the Old Testament, God made regular appearances, displaying his mighty power. After Noah witnessed and survived a global flood, the Lord started over with a man named Abraham. Years later, a boy who was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter would alter the course of history. When Egyptians mistreated his descendants, enslaved by Pharaoh, Moses murdered a man, living as a fugitive until meeting God in a burning bush. Despite this amazing encounter, Moses focused his speech impediment instead of trusting in the power of God to cure his stuttering.
Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I am not a man of words (eloquent, fluent), neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and tongue.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute or the deaf, or the seeing or the blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and will teach you what you shall say.” 13 But he said, “Please my Lord, send the message [of rescue to Israel] by [someone else,] whomever else You will [choose],” Exodus 4:10-13.
After escaping harm from the ten plagues sent by God, witnessing the Red Sea splitting in two and eating manna from heaven, Israel became spoiled. Instead of treating God’s glory with awe and praise, many Jews began to disrespect the Lord, forgetting all the miracles of the recent past. Perhaps, this explains why Jesus urges first century followers to live by faith and not by sight. Whenever individuals reach a point where you demand God to give me this or show me a sign, we follow in the footsteps of Israel wandering around in the wilderness. May this blog inspire souls to respond to God’s glory with the proper acknowledgement, praise and respect.
by Jay Mankus