Mountaintop Miracles [Part 1]
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Though it is fitting to mark the moment of our miracle, God superintended ten thousand moments that made the miracle.
Today’s Text: “And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.” Genesis 45:7
Mountaintop miracles comes as astonishing surprises to us but, to God, they are no surprise. God is never caught “off guard.” He never has to scramble to concoct a “plan B”.
No, the miracles that come to us “in a moment” are often actually the culmination of an intricate sovereign plan. Consider the “mountaintop miracles for Joseph” – like the day he was promoted to prime minister of Egypt. What a miracle. A forgotten Hebrew is dug out of the dungeon and robed with the authority of Pharaoh. Years later, another miracle — astonishingly, God gives Joseph the joy of reunion with his brothers.
The mountaintop moments are wondrous but they are inextricably linked to all the moments when, to the undiscerning eye, God seems absent.
When Joseph was hated by his brothers and thrown into a pit, there was no miraculous deliverance from the humiliation and degradation. Instead, the youngest of Jacob’s sons was sold into slavery. Joseph was not miraculously delivered from his bondage in Potiphar’s house. Far from it, he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison.
But it was all necessary. If Joseph’s brothers hadn’t despised him, they would have never thrown him in the pit. If they hadn’t thrown him in the pit, they wouldn’t have sold him into slavery. If they hadn’t sold him into slavery, they wouldn’t have deceived their father into thinking Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. If Jacob had not presumed Joseph dead, he wouldn’t have rested until he found his favored son. If Jacob had found Joseph, Joseph wouldn’t have been in Egypt. If Joseph hadn’t been in Egypt, then he wouldn’t have been available to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. But, if Joseph hadn’t been thrown in prison, the Pharaoh’s cupbearer wouldn’t have remembered him. If Joseph hadn’t been called upon by Pharaoh to interpret the unusual dream, then Egypt would have squandered the years of plenty and the famine would have destroyed them. If Egypt had had no grain, Joseph’s brothers would not have come seeking food.
God is a miracle working God. But not every day is a mountaintop day. Some days feel more like the pit than the pinnacle. But fear not. God is making connections. God is using your best and your worst and bringing all things together for your good. Not every day is there a miracle. But, every day, God has a miracle in the making. And that’s the Gospel!