One of the reasons false written gospels were dismissed as such, was that they contained stories where Jesus used miraculous powers to gain advantage over others, even in His childhood! That was a good call. However, there is one story in the authentic gospels which has always left me a bit uneasy. I was reminded of it a few days ago, in my daily reading in “Sanctuary” by David Strutt (a book I highly recommend if you are looking for a new daily devotional book). It is in Matthew 17, where Jesus sends Simon Peter fishing. He tells him that in the mouth of the first fish he catches there will be a coin sufficient in worth to pay for the temple tax for Peter and for himself.
Can you allow yourself to beleive that God favours His children and the working of that favour is just that, favour? Don’t push away blessings that come from God exercising His choice to benefit you today. There is blessing that comes to those who make God their God, in sincerity and truth. Malachi says that at times God chooses to make that obvious. He distinguishes between those who seek him and those who do not. Oh yes, immediately something in me feels like dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s to say that of course sometimes that favour can come in the form of the call and privilege of extraordinary suffering, however sometimes we can dot the i’s and cross the t’s with such definite black heavy ink that we almost blot out the structure of the letters themselves.
So, resisting the temptation to add qualifying clauses: are you willing this day to receive benefit from God, by which He favours you, even giving you advantage that would not come your way save by His choice to positively discriminate in favour of His children? It may be financial, work related, benefit. It may be benefit coming the way of those you love and pray for. It might be a gift of some sort beyond your wildest dreams, or it may be within the realm of your faith dreams. Whatever, maybe along with me, you need to make it a point to work on: to gladly, without apology or the need to explain, allow God to love you and do all that His overflowing and generous love wants to do.
So…get ready to receive advantage, favour, benefit! Don’t push it away when it comes. When God works a miracle to your benefit it may make you feel guilty. Peter on another occasion when a miracle benefited him, felt that. Fortunately, Christ let the miracle stand. His grace is greater than our resistance to receiving it. I am so glad about that.