by Pastor Tim Burt
We’ve all seen a magic trick at some time in our life. A magician takes a coin in his hand, squeezes and blows on it, opens his hand and the coin is gone. He opens his other hand and there it is. That is called magic – the art of illusion. Nothing really happened but sleight of hand fooling the eyes.
God does not do magic. We don’t hand Him our problems where He takes them in His hand, squeezes and blows on them, so that they appear to be suddenly gone. That would be an illusion. God is about miracles and leading us to grace solutions.
You know what a miracle is. It's not the illusion of being fixed and made whole. It is the miracle of God's power supernaturally changing something and it being made whole, healed, and complete – nothing missing, nothing broken.
By grace solutions, I mean that God, who is in you and with you, leads you by His Spirit, to think, say, and do thing right things that bring solution to the problems we cannot solve our self.
Most problems that we experience, we’ve helped create. Marriage problems for example, don’t just happen. We do things God tells us we shouldn’t do and we don’t do things God tells us we should do. By disobeying God we create problems.
When we get in our crisis times, we pray out of desperation but what we are usually looking for is “the magician” – not God. We want God to wave His wand and make the problems go away. God is interested in transforming us. He is interested in transforming how we think, how we speak, and how we behave. He is interested in transforming our attitudes, motives, and purging selfishness–helping us to instead become like Jesus–selfless.
Romans 12:2 says, “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.”
This transformation will take time because you will have to make the personal decision to hear and obey God’s voice speaking to you through the scriptures. Even when you sense Him talking to you through His Word, you still have to make the decision to obey and make changes He leads you to make. He won’t make you. So how fast you change depends on how much you want to listen to the voice of God. There is seldom an instant fix. It will most often be a process. God in His mercy and grace will wash and forgive you of your sins when you blow it and repent. Listening and obeying repeatedly over time is what will cause your character transformation and a repetition of you creating the same problems over and over.
Hardship and the desire to get out of our problems has a way of helping us remember what we don’t want to go through them again. God doesn’t want hardship for us. He wants obedience that minimizes problems. If God just did the magic and took them away, you would not be transformed into Christ’s image and you’d repeat those stupid mistakes and sins over and over again. He is interested in your transformation. While this is happening He’ll always be by your side to speak to you and lead you – if you will listen. He’ll listen to every prayer, and help you in every step. And as you change, His grace and supernatural help will help you work through your problems. And you will on occasion experience miracles that are His love and compassion bringing the immediate help you need.
If you are looking for magician, there are plenty around. There are plenty of cheer leading scam artists making God-like promises. But there is only one God and one Savior–Jesus Christ. He is your help. He has your solutions. And He brings both while transforming you into His image and teaching you to walk in His wisdom.
Psalms 120:1 (NLT) "I took my troubles to the Lord; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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