Read: Mark 8
“God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles...”
In Mark 8, Jesus once more fed a crowd—this one numbering 4,000 people—with just
seven loaves and a few fish. Again, the disciples took up several baskets of leftovers
(see Mark 8:5-8). Yet Christ discerned that the disciples still didn’t accept His miracleworking
power, so He asked them, “Is your heart still hardened?” (Mark 8:17).
I picture the disciples after this second feeding sitting dumbfounded. They must have
thought, “This can’t be happening. If Jesus truly is God, why would He choose us to
share in such incredible power? We’re just uneducated fishermen. Why would He
walk out onto the water to get into our little boat instead of revealing this miracle to a
group that’s more worthy?”
You’ve probably wondered the same things at times about yourself: “There are billions
of people on this earth. Why did God speak to me? Why did He choose me?” The
reason is that it was an absolute miracle. Your conversion was totally supernatural. It
wasn’t just one unexplainable natural event—no, there was nothing natural about it.
Why? Because there is nothing natural about the Christian life. It is all supernatural.
It’s a life dependent upon miracles from the very beginning (including your
conversion). And it simply can’t be lived without faith in the supernatural.
The power that keeps you in Christ is totally supernatural. The world lives in darkness,
but you have the light all because you live in the realm of the supernatural. There’s
nothing natural about your body being the temple of the Holy Ghost. Nothing is
natural about being the abode of the supernatural God of the universe.
Dear saint, you simply must accept this by faith: The same supernatural God who
fed crowds of thousands with just a few loaves will work supernaturally in your crises
also. His miracle-working power will deliver you from all bondages. It will empower
you to walk in freedom. And He’ll use your weakness—indeed, your very lowest
state—to show the world His miracles of keeping power.
Hard times are guaranteed to come upon all who follow Jesus. Yet when those times
come we’re to say with confidence, “Do it again, Lord. You’ve worked miracles
before in my life. You’ve delivered Your servants supernaturally throughout
history. Let your strength be made perfect in my weakness.”