by John Michalak
But thus says the LORD, “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the plunder retrieved from the fierce; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.
What’s more unbelievable: the miracles of God, or that we constantly forget that God continues to do miracles?
Like the people of Isaiah’s day, we’re held captive by so many things, and the miracle of deliverance seems far from us. We’re in bondage to negativity, gossip, or materialism. We can be slaves of depression, sometimes addiction. We see no escape from a hopeless culture. Who will save us from this body of death?
Our doubt must leave God speechless at times. Jesus was mostly gentle with others (except the Pharisees), but He was stern when someone lacked in simple faith—that God is the one who delivers us from bondage.
In the Old Testament, God’s children were taken captive and God saved them again and again. In freeing people from disease and spiritual blindness, Jesus simply asked people to remember: this same God who worked miracles in the past is working miracles even now. We simply need to believe that He will work His miracles again.
So, perhaps the key is to strive less to believe and strive more to remember. Remember this miracle-working God of yesterday, today, and forever.
Prayer: Lord, help me to remember Your miracles and use those memories to trust You today.