What Miracle are You Hardened To?

 

Are you missing the miracles all around you, like the disciples did? Read more at plungedeep-climbsteep.com

But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: for they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately, he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened. (Mark 6:49-52, KJV)

In this passage the disciples were witnesses to phenomenal miracles, but were, as it says, hardened in their hearts to the point that Christ’s miracles and Christ’s words still either amazed or confused them.

Experiencing one miracle should lead to faith in additional miracles. 

We shouldn’t wonder when something amazing happens to us! Knowing that God is Who He is should make miracles a normal occurrence in our lives. It shouldn’t surprise us that God gives us wondrous things!

We should be looking for the miracles when the difficulties come.

Every single time a miracle happened, a trial happened first. The people were hungry when Christ fed them. It was storming when Christ came to them on the water. When those hard times come into your life, take your eyes off the problem and get excited! Anticipate God’s glorious miracle that is coming! (I know that’s easier said than done, haha.)

Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand? (Mark 8:14-21, KJV)

If God could multiply the loaves and fishes twice before, why would He care about your bread? He is not concerned with your abilities or lack thereof. He has everything He needs to take care of you.

God’s provision in one case should lead to faith in His provision always.

Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. (Proverbs 28:14, KJV) 

Hardening your heart will NOT lead to happiness!

O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: when your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. (Psalms 95:1-9, KJV)

Hardening your heart means that you are not listening to His voice, or looking around you at everything He has created, and everything that He has given you.

Recognizing His power leads to worship, thanksgiving, and joy.

Often we equate taking advantage of God’s blessings, and being unaware and unthankful, with a hardening of heart. But Jesus defined a hardened heart with not seeing the miraculous.

What miracle is God working in your life that you are hardened to today? What is happening in your life that you can be rejoicing over, knowing that He is Almighty God?

At plungedeep-climbsteep.com, difficulties and hardship can be miraculous if we know where to look - to God's power! This draws us to worship, joy, and thanksgiving!

31 Comments
  1. Hi Liz. this is so thought-provoking! Why am I such a faithless stresshead when the Lord has been ever faithful? 😀 Thank you for pointing me to His power and faithfulness.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Right?! I thought it was funny how God gives completely different meanings than what we assume… He just wants us to see how great He is! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

      Like

  2. The Israelites, over whom we sometimes roll our eyes, saw the power of God again and again and still doubted He could save them this time. I need to have more hope too and see what He is doing in my day!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. We should be looking for the miracles when the difficulties come. Thank you for that…it was a sweet reminder for me actually at this very point, as i was contemplating if i should take my pharmacy exam or not. I am sure God will help me through it!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I think what you said here is exactly what God had in mind when He instructed the Hebrews to set up memorials and festivals to remember how God had intervened on their behalf. They became physical reminders of how God delivered them, and urged them to trust God to do the same for them in the future. That’s why I think it’s so important to write down how God intervenes on our behalf today. Helps us trust Him more tomorrow!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yes! Even with writing it down though, it’s still easy to lose the wonder of it, and pay attention to how amazing He is! Thanks for coming by Karen ❤

      Like

  5. This is good and so true! Trusting in God means believing that His the same yesterday, today, and forever. Without tests, there is no testimony.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Excellent, thought-provoking post Liz. I am thankful for the miracle of surviving a stroke in 2010. God continues to amaze me . He is my Protector, my Provider, and He continues to heal my body a little each day. I never want to take for granted His goodness, but I do my best to show Him gratitude by how I live for Him. Have a wonderful week and make God bless you and yours.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Thank you, Liz, for diving into this topic! I so appreciate your highlighting and exploring so many important passages from both the New and Old Testaments. I often struggle with the biblical concept of hardened hearts, particularly surrounding the plagues in Exodus. Your reflections, however, brought me one step closer to understanding the mysterious word and miraculous work of God! #livefreeThursday

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Liz, this reminds me of my word for last year: wonder. Stopping to recognize the wonder of God in the ordinary moments is such a beautiful practice. But its also one I know I too often forget in the busyness of life. Thank you for the reminder today to watch for Him moving, and then not be surprised when He shows up!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Wow! This was an ahh haa moment post for me! I never saw myself as the disciples when they continually hardened their hearts toward the miracle! But indeed that is what they did and what I tend to do! I also never thought about how the very term “hardened heart” is one that refuses to believe the miracle.

    Thank you for the encouragement that when trials come to expect a miracle. Everything God redeems is indeed miraculous.

    Thanks so much for sharing this very edifying post!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Yes, absolutely we should be looking for the miracles when the difficulties come – that is when God gets to show us just how Powerful, Sovereign and Good He is! We are in a season at our church where God has told us to expect miracles – and their are challenges that have come along as well while we keep pressing in for more and more. Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday last week. Hope to see you tomorrow too.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s