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When I was younger, I loved to swing. I liked pumping my legs so I could go higher, but it was really fun when someone would push me. I could go even higher. So my favorite word was “Again. Do it again!” The same was true when I went on my favorite amusement park ride. I’d ask if I could ride again. Small examples of what happens when you have a positive experience.

Let’s go a little deeper. When David decided to face Goliath, can you imagine what went through his mind? For a moment, he wondered how he could possibly take on a giant and win. But then he remembered when a lion or a bear came to steal from his flock, he used his club or caught the animal by its jaw and won. So why should he fear this giant who defied the living God? He said, “The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17) In other words, the Lord rescued me before and He can do it again.

The same is true with miracles. Remember when Moses stretched out his hand over the Red Sea and the Lord divided the waters for the Israelites to cross? Can you imagine seeing that happen and then walking between the walls of water? A spectacular miracle! But the Lord wasn’t finished. He did it again when Joshua was leading the Israelites across the Jordan. He told the priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant to put their feet into the water first. When they did, the Lord dried up the river so the Israelites could cross, again.

When Jesus was going from town to town, crowds would gather from everywhere pressing in, wanting to hear His teachings. Many, after hearing of His miracles, wanted to be healed. Everywhere He went, people asked Him to “Do it again!” They would travel for miles and stay for as long as He would sit with Him, just to hear Him teach again, heal again, and save again.

Here’s the point. You may be facing a Red Sea or a Jordan River in your life. Some impossible, immovable, insurmountable situation that you cannot overcome on your own. (In one sense, we are all facing that with the pandemic.) Perhaps you’ve tried to fix it on your own instead of giving it to Jesus from the start. Take heart and have hope. The same Lord that saved David and the Israelites and performs miracles is still parting rivers in life, healing and saving souls.

Jesus can do it again today and He will do it again tomorrow. We must have faith and trust in His Word. He never fails and He won’t start now. Need healing? Jesus can do it again. Need restoring? Jesus can do it again. Need help with your finances? Jesus can do it again. Be assured. Jesus hears our cries and our expectant prayers now just as He has in the past. If He lifted us in the before, why wouldn’t He lift us now? Why should we fear the giants in our lives who try to defy the living God? Jesus rescues and He will do it again.

As Tye Tribbet, a gospel singer said, “Please be encouraged, this is not the first storm you’ve been through. You didn’t come this far just to lose. He knows your needs, so take no thoughts on what you lost. God will restore.”

“O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but You. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. But all who take refuge in You will rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread Your protection over them, that all who love Your name may be filled with joy. For you bless the godly, O Lord; You surround them with Your shield of love.” Psalm 5:1-3, 11-12

Prayer

Lord,

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of Your great love I am not consumed, for Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” Your are good to those whose hope is in You, to the one who seeks You; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation that comes from You. You have led me this far and not once have You abandoned me. I will trust in You all the days of my life. Amen!


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