Be Amazed

Forty Day Fast - Day 3-4

When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? – Acts 3:12 (NIV2011)

Day three and four have been a little frustrating for me.  I woke up late both days and have not spent the time in study and prayer as I would have liked each day.  If we fast without prayer and study, then we are simply dieting.  That is not what I am looking for here.

This morning as I thought about the above verse I recalled many times I have been amazed by God.  The reality is that when God moves it really shouldn’t amaze me.  Let me clarify.

I’m not talking about taking God for granted.  I am not saying that God’s work isn’t worthy of praise and glory.  What I am saying is that we should expect God to move.  We should expect God to still perform miracles.  We should expect God to be active in our lives and in our ministries.  Not to the point where we take it for granted, or no longer see it for what it is.

So, in a way, maybe we should still be amazed, but I don’t think we should be surprised.  God keeps His promises.  So, when Peter asks the men around him, “Why are you surprised?”  God may be asking us the same question, “Why are you surprised?”

Today I received a phone call of great importance and opportunity and I was surprised.  “Why are you surprised?”  That is what God asked me.  I should not have been, but I was. I am surprised.  God still answers prayers.  God still performs miracles.  God is still active and moving.  God is who He has always been, and He has always been faithful.

God is not a man who lies, or a son of man who changes His mind. Does He speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?  – Numbers 23:19 (NIV2011)

Let us not be surprised when He does.  Let us be amazed.  We should be amazed at His mercy, His grace, His love and His desire to use us to perform and accomplish His will upon this Earth.  We should marvel at how wonderful He is.  We should praise His name and testify to His glory.

So, I started today frustrated.  Not at God but at myself.  However, God is faithful and He met me where I was.  He knows the desires of our hearts.  He has answered a desire of mine today.  Thank you, Jesus, for what You are doing and for what You still have planned for the days to come.


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