Do you need a miracle? Do you need an answer to prayer? Remember, God can use anybody! If we are going to live by faith, then we don’t want to limit what God can do, how He can do it, or when He can do it. It’s equally important that we don’t limit through whom God can do it. Many times, people miss the blessing because they think God’s going to do things a certain way, or they think God’s going to use a certain person. There is no limit with God. He can bring your miracle through anyone or anything!
God Looks Past What Man Sees
Of course, we are human, and we tend to look at outward appearances. We often say it’s important to make a good first impression, so we dress up for job interviews or look the part for whatever work we apply to do. God looks past our outer appearance and sees deep inside our hearts. God sees if we are in faith or doubt, fear or love. He knows if someone is walking in arrogance or humility. He sees if a person truly loves Him or just wants to get something from Him. If a person complains all the time, God knows that too. That’s what Psalm 103:7 means when it says, “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel” (MEV, emphasis added).
Moses was a friend of God, and God opened His heart to Moses and showed Moses His ways. The children of Israel complained, grumbled, and even blamed God when they faced hardship. They demanded food, water, and victory over their enemies. God acted on their behalf by sending water from a rock and manna from the sky, but only those like Joshua, who sought God’s presence, actually came to know God Himself and God’s ways.
David was the least in his father’s house, yet God saw David’s heart and sent the prophet Samuel with a horn of oil to pour over David and commission him the next king. Not only was David destined to be the next king of Israel, but out of his lineage would come the Messiah, the Christ. What a promise from God! The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6–7
How God Packages Your Miracle
We picture these great and powerful apostles with white hair and white beards. Paul was a little red-haired, freckled, bow-legged guy. We tend to think a miracle has to be somehow magnificent, but in reality, God can package His miracles in any way He sees fit. One of the amazing things we read in Scripture is in Hebrews 13:2, when God says in essence, “Watch how you treat strangers because you may be entertaining an angel.” That angel may be old, young, white, Black, or Hispanic. That angel may be tall or short. You never know. What God is saying is, “Don’t limit the package in which I can bring you your miracle.”
The Racetrack Owner
Do you believe the Bible when it says the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous? Years ago, when Tiz and I were having dinner with Oral and Evelyn Roberts, I asked Oral Roberts about a story I’d heard about him and a guy who owned a racetrack. Oral immediately knew what I was referring to. He said he needed $5 million at the time, and this guy who owned a race- track gave him the $5 million. Oral told me, “When I said [publicly] that this guy gave me $5 million, my donor base dropped in half.”
Good Christian people seriously questioned Oral’s decision to take money from a racetrack owner, a sinner who presumably advocated gambling. But Proverbs 13:22 says the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous. God will transfer wealth from the camp of the wicked to the camp of the righteous. Before the racetrack owner’s gift, people were saying, “Oh, Brother Roberts, we’re believing God. We know God can do it.” Then God spoke to an unlikely person to meet Oral’s financial needs, and Christians didn’t like the vessel God chose to use. Someone once asked me, “Pastor Larry, would you take the devil’s money?” I replied, “The moment that money is in my hand, it isn’t the devil’s money no more! That’s kingdom money.”
Don’t Miss Your Miracle Moment!
Don’t miss your miracle moment because the package isn’t what you expected. Sometimes the package wears a suit. Sometimes the package has flowing white hair. Sometimes the package has tattoos. Sometimes the package is a child. Sometimes the package is a doctor. Sometimes the package is your boss. Sometimes the package is a stranger.
Sometimes the package is white. Sometimes the package is Black. Sometimes the package is male. Sometimes the package is female. Sometimes the package is wise. Sometimes the package is educated. Sometimes the package is uneducated. But the miracle is still the same. Don’t miss your miracle moment because you’re expecting different packaging!