How to Avoid the Place Where Miracles Don’t Exist – Mark 6:5
~ How to Avoid the Place Where Miracles Don’t Exist ~
I believe in miracles. Period. I really do. However, there have been a lot of days where I didn’t see them jumping out from behind the door of my rotten circumstances and shouting, “Surprise, we’re here!” In today’s post I want to show you one way that I’ve learned how to avoid the place where miracles don’t exist.
He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. – Mark 6:5
First of all, where is this place that miracles don’t exist? Believe it or not, in the Bible, it was the hometown of Jesus. In Mark 6:5 it talks about what happened when Jesus went back to His hometown, “He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.”
Doesn’t it seem like it should be just the opposite? These people watched dear little baby Jesus grow up. They were surrounded by Jesus all the time. If anyone should have been primed and ready for the miracle juice to flow, it should have been these people!
They had gotten to know Jesus as the carpenter, but they never got to know Jesus as the Son of God.
The reality though is something that can easily happen in our own lives. They had gotten to know Jesus as the carpenter, but they never got to know Jesus as the Son of God.
To make it really simple, they had gotten really familiar with Jesus. They were used to seeing him carrying the hammer. Some of them had undoubtedly eaten lunch with Him. There were probably a couple of guys who were hoping to date one of his sisters. (I know, they probably didn’t do the whole dating thing back then, but you get the idea.)When we become familiar with someone, our natural tendency is to place them into a box of learned expectations. Even God.
When we become familiar with someone, our natural tendency is to place them into a box of learned expectations. Even God. We decide how smart they are. We decide what they can and can’t do. Even God.
Recently, while I was having my morning time with God, I was hit with two realizations about this idea.
- Anytime we become familiar with God and place Him into a box built out of our own experiences and expectations, we limit His ability to work the miraculous in our lives.
- If we can intentionally tear down those limiting preconceptions of God, then we open the door of faith and ‘give God permission’ to do something in our lives today that He has never done before.
If you are around church often, especially any kind of routine oriented church, then you have to intentionally break out of the mindset that you’ve already learned all there is to know about what God will and won’t do.
I dare you to ‘give God permission’ to do something radical on your behalf today.
I dare you to ‘give God permission’ to do something radical on your behalf today. Give Him permission to make a miracle happen. Don’t assume that just because you ate lunch with Him yesterday and heard Him burp that He couldn’t possibly open blind eyes, restore broken relationships, heal cancer, or even raise the dead.
Don’t allow any limiting perceptions you may have placed on God to dictate what is possible for you today. All things are possible to those who believe.