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Miracle first or Faith first, how does it work?

Sounds a bit  like the common ‘Did the Egg come first or the Chicken’.

I observe the following in the below Bible passage:

There is no faith present in Zechariah.

The man is  hopeless.

They had cast  lots to see who was to go into the temple and the lot fell on Zechariah so he is doing his duty monotonously.

He is in the temple not at his will but is almost forced into it,  according to a custom.

The man has been praying for something, yet, he  is not prepared for his prayer to be heard.

Suddenly God shows up, but looks like Zechariah was not expecting the Lord to show up.

When the Angel announces to him that his prayer has been heard, his response to that announcement is ‘I don’t think its possible’

This is a unique case,  Zechariah has prayed for  something too long, his need is too big. His case seems difficult.

And its too late already.

On the inside, he has given up.

God knows he needs a MIRACLE first unlike most cases, where it is FAITH first.

As you are reading this, do you relate to Zechariah’s’ case?

If you are, remember:

It  doesn’t matter how long you have prayed.

It doesn’t matter that you have run out of faith.

It doesn’t matter that you have now begun to pray monotonously.

It doesn’t matter that you are forced into praying by religion and custom.  

It  doesn’t matter that something inside of you has given up.

God sees that your case is unique.

God has heard your prayer.

The MIRACLE is coming first.

Your FAITH will rise after this miracle.

Be Blessed!

Bible Passage:

He was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

Luke chapter 1 (NIV)

15 comments on “Miracle first or Faith first, how does it work?

  1. Offshorewriter
    November 25, 2020

    Amen! 🙇‍♀️

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Perth Girl
    November 25, 2020

    We usually tend to think we need to have faith and pray accordingly. But God often does something miraculous and builds our faith.
    Very encouraging Sophia.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      November 25, 2020

      Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. It means so much. Yes, our God has a way of causing us to be awestruck with a miraculous response to a need which instantly spurs up faith.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. ecohorizons
    November 25, 2020

    God can grant us in unexpected ways …

    Liked by 1 person

  4. pastorpete51
    November 25, 2020

    God works in different ways at different times with different people. I have learned to give up on my old insistence on how He should act. What I do know is that whatever He chooses to do is better than anything I could have imagined!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      November 25, 2020

      Well said Pastor Pete! Yes, it’s sometimes hard to receive the answer differently than what we were expecting, but it is true that our God knows the end from the beginning and therefore sees far ahead into the future than us and so what may not seem the right thing for us at that moment might actually be the best from a long term perspective.

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  6. Ade Ajibade
    December 4, 2020

    Good word. Jesus even did miracles for some people who had little to no faith ex. Man who was invalid for 38 yrs by pool of Bethesda. Thank God for mercy. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sophia Lorena Benjamin
      December 4, 2020

      Thank you for your message Ade. So happy to see you share about the healing of the man at the pool. It’s an amazing story which I love to read or listen to which always helps my faith and love for Jesus increase.

      Like

  7. Musings&Roses
    February 18, 2021

    powerful words!

    Liked by 1 person

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