Ordinary means for extraordinary measures

How often have we wanted some bit of direction, wisdom or insight from God?

But since we don’t see a blazing angel come directly down from the sky with a fiery scroll in his hand we don’t think God hears or responds to us.

There’s a scene in a Jim Carrey movie called Bruce Almighty where he’s driving down the highway desperately asking God for a sign. “What should I do?” he asks, “Give me a signal.”

As he drives along, a series of signs flash at him, warning about some danger ahead; but he doesn’t pay attention because he thinks they’re totally unrelated to his request from God.

Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that every little thing is a sign from God. But I am saying this this: God uses ordinary means to accomplish extraordinary measures.

Here are some examples:

–Reading the Bible: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16)

–Sitting under faithful preaching: “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17).

–Consulting with other godly people: “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22).

Among other things we could also include prayer, worship, and acts of service in Jesus’ name. These might seem like ‘ordinary’ things; but they are anything but.

Do you want some direction, insight or wisdom from God? Sure, you might get a visit from a blazing angel with a fiery scroll. But you might not. God is not required to be dramatic.

Open your eyes. And your ears. I mean, truly open them.

God uses ordinary means to accomplish extraordinary measures.

By Matthew Ruttan 

–Today’s devotional is connected to my most recent sermon (Dec. 6, 2020) called Not Limited By Your Limitations. You can access YouTube or audio-only download options here.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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