Daily Thoughts - December 15th
Prophecy 11: Isaiah 35:5-6a
"Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy... " - Isaiah 35:5-6a
Do you believe in miracles?
Everyday activities that are taken for granted or explained away as coincidence or luck are actually miracles given from our heavenly Father. It's amazing to me how many miracles take place every single day. The birth of a new child, sickness' are healed, the lost are saved and the hungry are fed. Bills that couldn't be paid are suddenly somehow manageable. The gas gauge is below empty and there isn't a dollar or coin to be found in the car, yet there is enough gas to get home and back to the gas station the next day. A child slips and falls from the monkey bars landing on his back, yet there are no broken bones or internal damage. Christmas presents are unobtainable because of a lost job and someone leaves a bag of toys and a bicycle on the porch as a secret Santa. In your life think back and ask yourself where has God interjected His miraculous grace? Don't wave the little miracles off nonchalantly, look for them and thank God when they happen.
The preceding verse (Isaiah 35:3-4) describes how God will come with a vengeance and save His people. The prophecy in Isaiah 35:5-6 foretells that when God comes in the form of the Messiah, He will be bringing miracles along with salvation. Through-out the New Testament, we find numerous miracles performed by the one Jesus Christ, in the name of the Father. There were certainly those that performed magic in those days as there are today. Some would look upon Jesus as nothing more than a magician until he began restoring life, healing the blind and the deaf, curing leprosy and healing the lame. Also note that in each situation He gave the glory and honor to the originator of life. This is one thing that differentiated him from the magicians and wizards of the time.
When John the Baptist was in prison he sent some of his disciples to verify that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. In Luke 7:20-22 we see the men coming to Jesus, asking if He is the One or if there will be another. He sends back word to John "...the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the good news is preached to the poor." This simple statement fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah 35:5-6, and separates Jesus from the magicians of the day to all that heard and witnessed His miracles.
Jesus Christ came to open the eyes of the blind and open the ears of the deaf, such that they might hear His words of salvation and fully experience the glory of the Lord as intended by God's original design. Do not let the world's views blind your eyes or mute your ears from realizing His miracles in your daily life.