When you look at Luke 15, there are three parables Jesus told. The Parable of the Lost Sheep speaks of seeking out this one lost sheep. There were 99 sheep left in open country to hunt down this one lost sheep. In the Parable of the Lost Coin, there was one coin lost. The woman looked everywhere for the coin. She turned on the lamp. The Bible says she diligently looked for the coin. In the Prodigal Son story, we read of this father who looked for his son to return. He wanted so badly for his son to return and when he did so, the father rejoiced and threw a party.
The Bible says that if we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. Do you realize that God wants so much to do life with you? When He says if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you, He means it. You need only reach your hands toward Him, and He is already reaching back. Think of it this way—when you take one step toward God, He runs toward you. He runs. Just like the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. He runs.
Today remind yourself of this love and compassion. Remind yourself that God is right there. He is right there. Simply step forward. Simply call out His name. He has delivered you already my friend. Just reach out. Reach for Him. He is ready to draw you to Himself. He is ready to embrace you. He is ready to rejoice over you.
“[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” – Colossians 1:13 [AMP]
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.” – Daniel 3:17 [NIV]
Could you imagine being the three young men standing before Nebuchadnezzar and this promise of the furnace? They stood before him and declared that God was able. God was able to deliver. God was able to defend them. God was able to save them. God was able.
We each have a furnace before us—it may be a situation at work, problems at home, a family issue, a health ailment, etc.—and we might see the furnace heat get cranked up like these three men did. But we need to remind ourselves that our God is able. God will deliver us.
Don’t cower down when you feel the heat. Allow God to help you rise above. These young men stood tall with the Lord, and take note—they were with the Lord every step of the way. God is with you. He is able. Whatever you may be facing today, you are not doing it alone.
God used Moses as well as Aaron to perform many signs and wonders to get Pharaoh to let His people leave Egypt. During that time, Pharaoh brought forth his magicians to show his power. Exodus 7:8 is the start of the signs and wonders, and it actually begins with God saying that when Pharaoh says to “perform a miracle,” then throw down the staff and it will be a snake. The staff gets tossed down, leaving us to understand that Pharaoh started the ball rolling by asking for the sign. This act by Pharaoh is to suggest that he and his magicians could compete and be shown to be more powerful than God.
As we continue reading onward, the “plagues” start coming. At the beginning, the magicians of Pharaoh were demonstrating that they could do the same things with “secret arts.” However, as time went on, the magicians could not compete. When the gnats came, they realized they couldn’t, and so they said, “This is the finger of God,” acknowledging God as the source of the signs and wonders (Exodus 8:19). As the signs and wonders continued due to the hardened heart of Pharaoh, the furnace soot was tossed in the air to bring about dust over all of Egypt and boils on the people. At this point, “The magicians could not stand before Moses” (Exodus 9:11). They went from being able to perform the same actions to not even being able to be present.
We face many things each day. Sometimes we are like these magicians. We put ourselves in the position of God, but we soon find that we cannot deliver all of the time. We are human and we can only go so far. It is important to acknowledge where the true power comes from as these magicians did. As we start acknowledging God we soon find that He is El Elyon, “God Most High” and El Shaddai “God Almighty.” In all reality, there was a time when we were not able to be present before Him. Thankfully God is gracious and has given each of us a way to be present before Him through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ.