The Extraordinary Life!
Then the Lord said: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the Lord, will do for you. Exodus 34:10 NIV
Humans have long been fascinated with the spectacular. From archaeologists to researchers, scientists to historians- we have shown ourselves to be heavily invested in the beauty of nature and in the towering inventions of science and technology. Think about our museums lined with artefacts. Think about tourist centres in the world, landmarks of ancient civilisations, sprawling architecture such as in Dubai. Think about the coliseum in Rome, the great pyramid of Mexico, the sheer brilliant force of Niagara Falls. What about the Safari of Kenya, the great Kilimanjaro, or the Pemba Island tucked away in Tanzania? These sites are often abuzz with human
activity – tourists and families looking to experience an element of wonder.
Interestingly, as Christians, our relationship with God is also defined by a sense of the spectacular. Think about it, there is nothing ordinary about a God who takes on the form of man and walks the earth. The incarnation of Christ is a wonder. His suffering, death and resurrection are a wonder. Our salvation is a wonder. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a wonder. In other words, the Christian life is an expression of signs and wonders.
In our opening scripture, we see God, in a great display of mercy, vowing to do wonders with the children of Israel. This was His way of distinguishing His covenant children from the rest of the world. And it was not an empty promise. The children of Israel indeed walked in such astonishing victories and deliverances. Their fame and dread spread across the nations. In captivity, God distinguished them. In affliction, He delivered them.
Today, this promise still holds true. The moment we surrender ourselves to Christ, we are baptised to a life of wonders. In Mark’s account of the gospel, Jesus profiles the responsibilities of believers. He says in His name, we will cast out demons. We will speak with new tongues. We will take up serpents. And if we drink any poisonous substance, it will not harm us. What else can better define wonders?
You may think: But I am grappling with sickness in my body, or my finances are
dwindling. But the truth is, your present challenges are prerequisites for the display of God’s power. And that power is at work in you. So believe God again. Change your perspective about that situation. The mountain is coming down. The valley will be lifted up. That medical report will be changed. Your marriage will be restored. Your business with thrive. You will experience round about increase. God will do exploits through you that have never been seen in your family and sphere of influence. You only need to agree with God’sWord. Put it in your heart and in your mouth. God will come through for you in ways you never imagined. You will testify and the world will rejoice with you, in Jesus name.
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Pastor Taiwo Odukoya