Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship
Robert D. Pace
Perhaps you have discovered that miracles ‘don’t just happen’ but that they emerge according to divine chemistry. But what are the elements of this chemistry? From what I have ascertained, there are several transformational elements within the Chemistry of Miracles: God’s Word, added to man’s faith-filled actions equal a miracle. Here are two examples from Scripture that illustrate this:
The Chemistry of Miracles parted the waters of the Red Sea. With much coercion, Pharaoh released the Israelis from Egypt. But regretting his decision, he pursued and then trapped them at the shore of the Red Sea. Moses instantly turned to God, where he heard the Lord’s simple instruction: “Stretch forth your staff toward the waters.” When Moses obeyed, the Bible says an eastern wind ripped open the waters for Israel’s escape. Meteorology calls this phenomenon a “katabatic” wind, which is a microburst that produces an intense downdraft. However, this katabatic wind occurred in accordance with the Chemistry of Miracles. That is, God spoke; Moses believed and obeyed; and the wind split the sea!
Then there is the indebted widow that witnessed the Chemistry of Miracles operate in her behalf. According to 2 Kings 4, this woman was on the verge of losing her two sons. That’s because her deceased husband had died with unpaid debts. The creditor, intent on remuneration in keeping with Moses’ Law, threatened to conscript her sons as payment for the balance. In desperation, she turned to Elisha whom she knew could rectify the problem. And indeed he had the answer! “Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side” (2 Kings 4:3—4).
That was God’s simple, yet unordinary, plan. But it would not unfold without the widow’s compliance. Her miracle depended upon engaging the “Chemistry of Miracles.” So, she rushed to her neighbors, borrowed their empty vessels, placed them in her home, shut the door, and watched for the miracle. Sure enough, God somehow supplied enough oil to fill every vessel in her house! And once she sold the oil it paid-off her indebtedness. Again, God’s prophetic command through Elisha, added to the woman’s faith and obedience, produced a divine wonder!
This Chemistry of Miracles, which operated in ancient years, operates today! However, it is important to remember that Christians cannot convert any promise, principle, or precept of Scripture into a miracle by implementing a calculated “formula.” The wonders of God will always elude us when we endeavor to reduce them to mere rote or ritual! But beyond that, ritual without relationship always equals emptiness of the soul! God always wants the person in need walking and fellowshipping with Him during the entire process. He wants a vibrant, living relationship with His people.
Now, let me summarize the process that produces a miracle: Seek God until he deposits a word of instruction into your heart regarding the need. Upon hearing his “word,” release your faith by acting upon His directive. Then, worship Him by giving thanks and praise for His supply. What chemistry! What relationship! What a miracle!