Marvel: God’s plans and you
“And He said, behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people which thou art shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing I will do with thee.” Exodus 34:10
The text above gives us different meanings of marvel. It is something that has never happened before; an occurrence not planned or prepared for. Marvellous is one of the adjectives that can be used to describe the nature of God. If it is not marvellous, it is not God! It is His nature and plan to do wonders in and with His own (Exodus 34:10, Exodus 15: 11, Jeremiah 29:1). “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes” Psalm 118:23. Mark 12:11 affirms that too.
He takes pleasure in doing marvels in the life of His Children and He’s never tired or short of it! The birth of Isaac, which is beyond normal biological clock and law, the parting of the Red Sea with a maximum depth of about 7,254ft to a dry ground, the demolition of the record strongest walls of Jericho by the simple act of marching around it, the subjection of the law of flotation by the golden axe head, the unexplainable feeding of the 5,000 (not counting the women and children) with just five loaves and two fishes and the wondrous transformation that occurs in a person’s life through the process of salvation by Christ are few of the examples of wonders God has demonstrated in the life of His people. In fact, the scripture can be described as the book of marvels.
God’s plan for us is good (Jeremiah 29:11). His desire and plan is to demonstrate His wonder-working power in our lives, but oftentimes, we tend to shy away or term it as impossible. Many a times, we feel too small or underserving of such great things and then settle for less (the ordinary things of life) that do not reveal God’s glory (Matthew 5:13). As men, our part in this process is also vital because God does not just impose His plans on us; He also wants our co-operation. We show this through our confidence (belief) in Him. Unbelief sometimes hinders the manifestation of God’s wonders in our lives.
Sarah almost missed her miracle by laughing off God’s promise in unbelief (Genesis 15:12); an officer of the king doubted the words of God through Elijah and was exempted from it (2 Kings 7:1-18); Zechariah was made dumb for his unbelief in God’s promise through an angel (Luke 1: 18-20). God is a promise keeper and He has shown this by exalting His Word more than His name (Psalm 138:2). His Word is creatively active and so, whatever He says will be done, it will never return to Him void! (Isaiah 55:11). He knows the end from the beginning, so we should trust in Him because He knows tomorrow and what it holds (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Severally, heaven has kissed the earth to cause marvels that should inspire us. The three Hebrew men demonstrated their trust in God and got promoted (Daniel 3:16-18). David trusted in the delivering power of God and had Goliath’s head (1 Samuel 17: 45-47). Abraham believed God and was counted to him for righteousness.
God is set to do a new thing that will make men marvel (Isaiah 43:19). Whenever things are going wrong, strengthen your confidence in God and He will show you glory (John 11: 49). He allows things to happen to manifest His glory through you and in you (John 9:3). It is your turn to experience and show forth His glory. Don’t turn away in the face of challenges (Proverbs 30:30). Learn from David, Daniel, the centurion, Abraham and live a life of marvel!
If everything around you and in your life can be explained by men, then your ‘god’ is not the great God.