WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
APRIL 9, 2021
TOPIC: GOD CAN CREATE WHAT DOESN’T EXIST
BY T. O. BANSO
“That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, ‘I have made you the father of many nations.’ This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings into existence what didn’t exist before” (Romans 4:17 New Living Translation).
God can create what does not exist. Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (New King James Version). That was exactly what God did for the children of Israel when He led them from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Just as He has the power to bring the dead back to life, He can create what never existed before. Put your trust in Him. The apostle Paul said, regarding what God told Abraham, “That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, ‘I have made you the father of many nations.’ This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings into existence what didn’t exist before” (Romans 4:17 New Living Translation).
The book of Genesis says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was empty, a formless mass cloaked in darkness. And the Spirit of God was hovering over its surface” (Genesis 1:1-2 New Living Translation). God went ahead to create everything starting with the light. He worked for six days and finished everything and rested on the seventh day.
God can create what does not currently exist. He can create a vacancy where even they’ve told someone there is none. He did it for a brother when all hope of getting a job was gone. Someone suddenly resigned at the time and he was employed instead.
There have been testimonies of creative miracles that people have experienced through the unstoppable power of God. For instance, there have been cases of women who had lost the hope of childbearing because they had no womb, or their womb had been removed but who have become pregnant and had babies through the power of God. It doesn’t make sense medically, but the power of God can suspend natural laws. When God decides to create what doesn’t exist, nobody can stop Him. That’s not to minimize or despise the work of medical doctors. Neither does it mean that science is fake. The medical doctors are doing a great job. And many of them recognize that miracles do happen.
Jeremiah prayed to the LORD, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:19 New King James Version). And in verse 27, the LORD said to Jeremiah, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (New King James Version). Nothing is too difficult for the LORD; nothing can stop Him from achieving what He has promised to do.
There have been testimonies of creative miracles that people have experienced through the unstoppable power of God. For instance, those they said could not conceive because they had no womb or their womb had been removed have become pregnant and had babies through the power of God. It doesn’t make sense medically but the power of God can suspend natural laws. When God decides to create what doesn’t exist, nobody can stop Him. That’s not to minimize the work of medical doctors. They’re doing a great job. And many of them recognize that miracles do happen. Neither does it mean that science is fake.
Abraham was 100 years old when Sarah, his 90-year-old wife, was delivered of her only child. Sarah had reached menopause but that didn’t stop God from making laughter for her. “And Abraham was an hundred years old when his son Isaac was born unto him. And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me” (Genesis 21:5-6 King James Version).
Sarah received strength to conceive because with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11 New King James Version). Miracles still happen today.
Whatever you believe God for that is His will for you, God can create it. God can create a womb, a vacancy, an organ, etc. where there is none. Jesus performed many miracles including raising the dead and opening the eyes of the blind. One of them was a man who was born blind. Jesus gave him sight (John 9:1–41). Miracles still happen today.
Twice God brought water out of the rock for the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 17:5-7; Numbers 20:7-11). He caused manna to fall from heaven and fed them throughout their journey in the wilderness (Exodus 16:11-35). He sent quails into their camp for them to eat meat, following their complaint (Numbers 11:31-34; Psalm 105:40).
Psalm 78:23-28 summed up God’s miraculous provisions for the Israelites this way: “But he commanded the skies to open — he opened the doors of heaven — and rained down manna for them to eat. He gave them bread from heaven. They ate the food of angels! God gave them all they could hold. He released the east wind in the heavens and guided the south wind by his mighty power. He rained down meat as thick as dust — birds as plentiful as the sands along the seashore! He caused the birds to fall within their camp and all around their tents” (New Living Translation).
In 2 Kings 3, the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom to go and fight the king of Moab. They marched on a roundabout route seven days and there was no water for the army and the animals that followed them. The king of Israel concluded that the LORD had called the three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
Nevertheless, at the instance of the king of Judah, Jehoshaphat, the prophet Elisha was consulted and he only intervened because of the regard he had for Jehoshaphat who was a good king. Elisha said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For thus says the LORD: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ And this is a simple matter in the sight of the LORD; He will also deliver the Moabites into your hand. Also you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall cut down every good tree, and stop up every spring of water, and ruin every good piece of land with stones” (2 Kings 3:16-19 New King James Version).
Verse 20 says in the morning when the grain offering was offered, suddenly water came by way of Edom, and the land was filled with water. God created water where there was none. There was water everywhere for them and their animals to drink.
God can create sight – give sight to those who are blind. He can create health – heal those who are sick. He can create promotion – elevate those He has appointed unto promotion even if some people think they are not qualified for it. Psalm 75:6-7 says promotion or exaltation does not come from the east, from the west, or from the south but God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.
Have faith in God. He can create what doesn’t currently exist. He is the unlimited God. He revealed himself to Moses as the “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14), which, as presented in other translations, means The sovereign God, I AM BECAUSE I AM, I will become whatsoever I please, or I-will-be-what-I-will-be. He is the self-existent and self-sufficient God. He created all things, and because of His will, they were and were created (Revelation 4:11).
Whatever, your current situation, have faith in God. Do all you can do and leave the rest to God. Even if your condition appears hopeless, don’t lose hope. Paul said, “In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead. And he did deliver us from mortal danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us. He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us. As a result, many will give thanks to God because so many people’s prayers for our safety have been answered” (2 Corinthians 1:9-11 New Living Translation). I pray that your case will end in thanksgiving.
God can do what no man can do. You may not know how He will do it. He can bring the dead back to life and bring into existence what didn’t exist before. He will do it for you.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, I believe You can bring the dead back to life and bring into existence what did not exist before; do this miracle in my life. Father, visit all the people who are in a hopeless situation at the moment and create for them the miracles they need. Change everything in favour of those who have lost hope or people have given up on, so that they will testify of Your surpassing power. Do for them miracles that exceed human comprehension. Thank You, Father.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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