Obedience creates the atmosphere for miracles.
I have this little ditty written in my journal from a lesson I was studying on the Kingdom of God, and I thought of it while I sat at lunch today with a sweet friend who was sharing the latest miracle of God in her life. And when I say "latest miracle" I'm intentionally implying there have been previous miracles. God is fun that way.
We reminisced about the tremendous faithfulness of God in her life over the past three years, and I remembered specifically how in the beginning her head did not want to trust, follow, believe, or obey God, but her heart would not fully relinquish itself from the truth of His so faithfully planted there.
She had been obedient to study and grow in the knowledge of God in the years preceding this season. She sought God; she found God. And then the mother of all storms came bursting through the seams. And in her brokenness she didn't want to believe, but she also couldn't help herself from believing. When her head screamed, "NO!" her heart continued to whisper, "yes". And that small whisper provided the portal through which God unleashed the Father of all restoration.
I know what it's like to want a miracle, to need a miracle. I know what it's like to feel like I'm waiting on God, only to discover all along He has been waiting on me to align myself with Him.
Let that sink in. What if you aren't waiting on God? What if God is waiting on you?
Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
This isn't a definition of what faith is as much as it is a description of what faith does. The definition of substance is "that of which a thing consists; and essence." Evidence means "proof or conviction". So faith treats things hoped for as a reality. Faith itself proves that what is unseen is real.
Where are your eyes looking? At the situation? A person? Your own rights? Look into the unseen with the eyes of faith and focus in on what God sees. In the midst of a challenging season, that is obedience. To believe God when nothing in your natural process says to believe, or wants to believe, is the purest form of obedience.
Consider the issues of your own life and allow God to show you where you have come into agreement with the details instead of the Deliverer. Untangle your faith from the situation and align it with God. And when you do, expect the atmosphere for miracles.
And know that I'm doing the same alongside you.