Most of the time, what appears to be a devastating crisis is recognized later as an opportunity for God to work a miracle. For instance, when God delivered the Israelites from Pharaoh and the Egyptians, on their journey they came to the Red Sea. They were trapped by the sea ahead of them and the Egyptian army behind them. God used this predicament to show His glory by making a way for them to cross through the water of the sea on dry land. Then, God destroyed their enemy by drowning them when they tried to pursue the Israelites through the sea.
In Exodus 14:18, God says: “The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen.” In Exodus 14:31, we are told: “And when the Israelites saw the great power the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”
Think about Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers as a young man and carried off to Egypt. Years later with his willingness to be faithful to God, he became the most powerful man in the kingdom, second only to the Pharaoh. As such, God used him to save Egypt from starvation, as well as his own family. “But Joseph said to them (his brothers), ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’”
After Jesus had turned the water into wine at a wedding in Cana, John 2:11 tells us the purpose of miracles. “This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.”
We are surrounded by God’s glory and his miracles happen every day, we just fail to recognize them. Let’s pay attention and revel in the glory of God and his handiwork, and give Him the praise and honor He is due.