George Straight sings a song called, “I Saw God Today” that really got me to thinking. It’s about a new father who is overwhelmed by the birth of his daughter. One line in particular stood out. It makes me wonder, “How does he do that?”
Saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk Pushing up through the concrete Like it was planted right there for me to see George Strait, "I Saw God Today"
Christians often attest to signs from God. He’s there for us when we need him, at just the right moment, at just the right place, in just the right way. These things are so perfect that it changes our whole outlook, and we make a point of telling others about it. Just like the song. That flower indeed WAS planted right there for him to see, and we are witness.
Jesus’ First Sermon
I then heard a radio program on Jesus’ sermon at his hometown of Nazareth. It was early in his ministry. You probably remember it. Jesus was the lead dude in the synagogue on the Sabbath. They handed him the scroll to read. It was Isaiah 61:1-2. Jesus then rolled up the scroll, handed it back, and sat down. He then gave his shortest sermon recorded.
And he began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." Luke 4:21
You may also recall that the people didn’t like it one bit and brought him to the edge of town to throw him off a cliff. It wasn’t the time for his death. He simply walked away through the crowd.
How Does He Do That?
Think about all the things that had to happen in Jesus’ sermon. First, there had to be a prophecy by Isaiah – some 700 years before Jesus. Then, the synagogue had to invite Jesus to lead the sermon. It then just happened that Isaiah was on the docket that day. All this, so Jesus could tell them that he was the guy they were looking for all along. Since the fall, scripture has pointed to one who was to be the Savior. Over and over his coming was foretold, and, boom, it was fulfilled THAT day at THAT place in THAT way. And we are witness to it through Luke.
One of the best chess players in the world plays 15 moves ahead. I can’t even imagine that, yet it’s nothing compared to all the pieces that God had to line up to make the Nazareth sermon come together. Never mind the hundreds of fulfilled prophecies that identified Jesus as Messiah. Think about this one event. How many pieces had to be played to make it happen?
All Of Them.
The bottom line is that God played all the pieces to make it happen. Just as God has hung billions and billions of star in billions and billions of galaxies, more than we even know or can imagine, so it was with this sermon in Nazareth. All these stars hang precisely to perfectly balance out our home on earth. There are just the right amount and in the perfect place. It wouldn’t work if one was missing or if there was one too many. We have exactly the number of stars that are needed.
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. Isaiah 40:26
Jesus is the one who made all this. He’s the one who keeps it all together, perfectly balanced (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3). How does he do that? I don’t know, but he does.
Can he put a flower in the middle of a sidewalk to send you a personalized message? You bet he can! Do yourself a favor and think about the times God has shown himself to you. Then, tell someone about it. On second thought, tell LOTS of people about it! Let the whole world be a witness to how God speaks to us! Here’s a post that has a couple stories of mine.
Father, thank you for these things. It blows my mind! Amen
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