Raining hope Job 11-13 Matthew 15:29-31 1 Corinthians 1:27-32

Job 11-13 (MSG)
And yes, it’s God who fills clouds with rainwater and hurls lightning from them every which way. He puts them through their paces—first this way, then that and commands them to do what he says all over the world. Whether for discipline or grace or extravagant love, he makes sure they make their mark.

Matthew 15:29-31 (ESV)
29 Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. 30 And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, 31 so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel.

1 Corinthians 1:27-32 (ESV)
27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

What would it take for you to have hope in a life crushing situation? Would it be the prospect of a miracle? Would you go three days without food to be cured? Would you fight the crowd to find a cure for someone you loved?

Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others. Think about it. He fed 4000 and their families soon after this because they stuck around, without food, waiting for their chance to get close enough to get their loved ones to his feet to be healed. That’s quite a crowd of people who are believing at what they are seeing.

Christ gave these people hope to see their loved ones healed, and he delivered.

God does what he wants, when he wants to. We can fight God in all we do, to pee in his Wheaties so to speak. Or, we can search Him out looking for the miracles in our lives, we can revel in the beauty He paints around us every second of every day, we can heal in the presence of His love.

God doesn’t take the extraordinary and use them to move people to His truth. No, He takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary, makes it God breathed, makes it miraculous, makes it clear it’s about Him, not us.

God rains hope on us and then delivers. Live in love, live in hope.

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