There is an unmistakable correlation between the miracles God did in history and the unusual commands He gave those who obeyed him. Over and over, He asked His servants to do seemingly ridiculous things in order to release His miraculous power.
In each case, obedience was desired and required. Miracles always occur on the other side of obedience. That is where David kills Goliath. It’s where there the Israelites obtain the Promiseland. When Jesus told Peter to cast his net on the other side of the boat, it was not the different side of the boat that produced the miracle. It was a matter of obedience. It was doing what Jesus said, as ridiculous as it may have seemed in that moment.
—Noah had to build the ark for the coming flood in order to find safety.
—Abraham had to leave his familiar surroundings to discover a new dream.
—Moses had to stretch out his hands over the red sea to experience deliverance.
—Esther had to boldly go into the King’s presence before God rescued his people.
—The 10 lepers had to make their way to the priest before they were healed.
—The blind man had to go wash in the pool before Jesus gave him sight.
—The four men had to open the roof to let their sick friend down at Jesus’ feet.
—Paul and Silas had to sing and pray while they were stuck in jail so that God could shake the building and give them hope in the midst of hopelessness.
Now, I’m not saying that every time you’re obedient to God there will be a miracle. Many of you have been obedient and still no miracle. I can’t promise you that. What I can promise is if you’re ever going to see a miracle, it will more than likely come on the other side of obedience.
Where do you need to be obedient?
In your finances?
In your career?
In a step of faith?
In your parenting?
In your marriage?
It may not make sense to others, it may defy conventional wisdom, it may scare you to death, but I hope and pray you’ll take that step of obedience. Who knows? Your miracle might be right around the corner.