“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it in all its fullness.” (Jesus – John 10:10)
I have an internet friend who shared a wonderful story – what she called a miracle. I agree. When anything that is dead in our lives comes back to life (and God is in the middle of it) it’s a miracle.
I am reminded that, as Christians, our history becomes part of His story. He is telling the world (and us!) something about Himself – and He is using our lives to tell the tale. Even all our mistakes, our disasters, our failures, and our self-inflicted wounds (He can even use the terrible things done to us!). They all become part of the darkness before the dawn – when the full measure of His limitless grace rises to take us from tragedy to triumph, from death to life, from mourning to miracle.
We should not be so surprised. Jesus told us this would happen.
In our verse above, we so often focus on the truth of the first part and miss the vital attachment at the end. Yes, the enemy of God comes like a thief to wreck and devastate our lives – and so often, all he has to do is plant a seed thought within us, and WE do most of the destructive work ourselves. Our past is often littered with things stolen, killed or destroyed – leaving us to suffer the consequences (and regrets) of our mistakes.
That is the story of my friend. An eating disorder had ravaged her life… and brought her to death’s door. God’s grace intervened and spared her life… and slowly brought her out of the grasp of fear and death and led her back to life. She has a wonderful testimony of God’s faithfulness to rescue her from such deep and dreadful darkness.
But as is so often the case, our actions have repercussions. Her disorder had robbed her of some of the functions of her organs – the lingering darkness of “the thief’s” pledge to “steal, kill, and destroy.”
Sometimes we forget Jesus‘ pledge to us. His promise is a life filled with “all its fullness.” This means that Jesus came to restore what the thief had stolen… to bring life back to what the thief had tried to kill… to bring wholeness back to what had been destroyed (by someone else’s actions, or even by our own doing).
Bringing us back from the brink is not the end of the story… it is the beginning. God’s story is not just about resuscitation… it is also about restoration. Jesus did not just come to give us back our lives… He came to give us back the abundance of life. To take even the remnants of the darkness, and flood them with a grand display of His light.
My friend experienced this restoration… and called it a miracle. Things that were dead within her came back to life. The God of wholeness and healing brought restoration to what “the thief” had stolen.
Our God is a God of life. He is also a God of life in all its fullness. When we become the objects of His love, we become His opportunities to display His miracles – all to the glory and honor of His Name.
Prayer Focus: God I thank You that You are a God of miracles and that nothing is impossible with You!