Going Deeper 5-7-19

The first reading for Easter 4...
Acts 9:36-43   Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas.  She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.  At that time she became ill and died.  When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs.  Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, "Please come to us without delay."  So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs.  All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them.  Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed.  He turned to the body and said, "Tabitha, get up."  Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up.  He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive.  This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.  Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

Wow!  Last week we heard Jesus instruct Peter to tend and feed God's lambs and sheep, and this week we read that he raises one from the dead!  What an incredible miracle.  Why can't I do that?!

Miracles play an important role throughout the Bible, and in the Gospels they are critical to the story.  And miracles continue in the story of the New Testament Church.  Why can't I do them?!

Answer #1: People don't do miracles.  Only God can do the miraculous.  God has worked through people to do wondrous things, but the vehicle through whom God works mustn't take any of the credit.

Answer #2: It is possible that obvious miracles do not happen through me due to a lack of faith on my part.  It is also possible that obvious miracles do not happen through me because it is not God's will for that to happen.  

Answer #3: It is also possible that miracles happen and go unnoticed... which may in truth be a good thing.  Miracles have the potential to end up being counter-productive.  Even in Jesus' case, people were too often drawn to the miracles and not to Jesus.  Also, too often those who claim to do miracles seem to want to take the credit and have the focus on themselves.

Answer #4: I don't know.  Miracles involve mystery.  God works the way God desires to work and in line with His will and timetable. 

Finally, the most important 'miracle' is God working through us to touch others with the healing power of His grace.  All of us are called and capable of being that kind of a miracle worker!

With You in His Service,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."