This past Sunday, I was once again made aware of how preaching is more of a miracle than we generally realize. It was my privilege to attend church with someone who was hurting spiritually. Where we went was his choice. I had never been there before and neither had he. His pick of a place was made on a recommendation from a friend of his.
If I had preached a sermon based on the needs of the friend, I could hardly have been more on-target than the message given by the pastor of this small (less than 100) congregation. It was as though someone had filled him in regarding my friend’s needs. The pastor had not only chosen an appropriate text to preach, but sometimes literally the very words he spoke touched the needs of my friend. It was uncanny.
If I explained this experience to a nonbeliever, such a person might call it mere coincidence. But my belief is that in answer to this pastor’s prayers for divine help during his sermon preparation—and my prayers for where to take an acquaintance to church but not knowing a place to suggest that was near his home—the Holy Spirit acted in a way that was beyond what mere humans could orchestrate. God not only answered our prayers, but met my friend’s need to hear “a word from the Lord” that would speak into his heart in a spectacular fashion.
I relate this incident because I believe the Lord is actively pulling off such miracles Sunday after Sunday. And, only eternity will reveal the whole of what He is doing time and again, all around the globe.
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