In our family group we were reading Exodus 12 about the Passover and started to ask questions as to why God instructed the Israelites in the way that He did, we then went to Leviticus to read the instructions God gave His people, then it struck us, these were practical instructions around health, hygiene, morality, good living, in short, on how to live life, the people had to take action, be obedient for God to move.
Often we restrict God to an esoteric (spiritual) level, which God is, but we do it so much that when God provides practical answers to our prayers, we’re blinded/blinkered by our expectations, we overlook the answers that are staring us in the face.
You may already know the story of the drowning man…
A fellow was stuck on his rooftop in a flood. He was praying to God for help.
Soon a man in a rowboat came by and the fellow shouted to the man on the roof, “Jump in, I can save you.” The stranded fellow shouted back, “No, it’s OK, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me.” So the rowboat went on.
Then a motorboat came by. “The fellow in the motorboat shouted, “Jump in, I can save you.” To this the stranded man said, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me. I have faith.” So the motorboat went on.
Then a helicopter came by and the pilot shouted down, “Grab this rope and I will lift you to safety.” To this the stranded man again replied, “No thanks, I’m praying to God and He is going to save me. I have faith.” So the helicopter reluctantly flew away.
Soon the water rose above the rooftop and the man drowned. He went to Heaven. He finally got his chance to speak with God, he exclaimed, “I had faith in you but you didn’t save me, you let me drown. I don’t understand why!”
To this God replied, “I sent you a rowboat and a motorboat and a helicopter, what more did you expect?”
We’ve all heard stories of people receiving miraculous healing, we’ve also heard of people refusing to take medication for life threatening ailments or rejecting lifesaving operations because they know God will heal, yes, He will but what if the answer to that prayer is the medication, or the surgery?
Many times we ask our Father for things, a good job, money, good health, a car, and then we sit on our hands and wait for these things to appear without taking the practical steps needed for them to come to fruition and like the man on that roof, we wonder what is holding up the answer to our prayers, I know I’ve done it.
We serve a God who is the Alpha and Omega, Creator, He knows the end from the beginning. He made everything, as Paul tells us in Philippians 4:19, He has supplied all our needs. We know our God is a miracle working God who does amazing things, we should remember that (1) daily, God answers our prayers, and meets our needs through the things, people and events in our lives, and (2) when we move, God moves.
Do not overlook the everyday, mundane and obvious, God has placed them in our lives for a reason.