When we cry out to God in time of need, whether it be for deliverance, healing or provision, many times we expect Him to make some miraculous intervention on our behalf. However, He often gives us the wisdom to implement the strategies that will result in what we have asked. It is still supernatural because the ideas did not originate with us but the Holy Spirit, our Counsellor, gives guidance and instruction in what we need to do. A personal example will, I hope, bring a greater understanding of the insight I am trying to share in my own limited way. When I started to have symptoms of COVID, the most debilitating symptom was a severe and constant headache. I was taking Panadol Extra Strength, which was helping the fever but had no effect on the headache. I cried out to God to deliver me from the unbearable pain. He reminded me that, in the past, when I had suffered from resistant headaches Panadol Ultra brought relief. I asked my daughter to buy some. This presented an issue though, as this medication has caffeine, which is not good when you have a problem with heart palpitations, as I do. Again, Holy Spirit gave me wisdom – I should take one Panadol Ultra and one Panadol Extra Strength – in this way I would limit my exposure to caffeine. I followed His guidance and my headache was relieved with no adverse effects on my heart.

The take-home point here is that God is very practical and sometimes He answers our cries for help by guiding us according to the action we should take to bring relief or provision in the situation. Do not discount these practical strategies, thinking that they originated with you. They are just as supernatural as what we call ‘a miracle’. When I ‘googled’ the definition of a miracle it stated ‘an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency.’ Many times, God is supernaturally natural in His interventions. It requires us to always have a sensitive ear for His leading. He says, ‘My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me’ (John 10:27). Let us not take for granted the supernaturally natural awesomeness of God.

Thanks be to God who ALWAYS leads us into triumph through Christ Jesus.

Shalom.

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