Chuck Terrill: America needs a miracle

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Jesus is in the miracle working business.

He delights in taking those things that are not what they should be and miraculously changing them for the better. For example, on one occasion, there wasn’t enough wine for all the wedding guests. Jesus took water and turned it into wine. It was the best wine anyone had ever tasted! 

On another occasion, there wasn’t enough food to go around. He took five loaves and two small fish, broke them, and had the disciples distribute the food. There was more than enough for five thousand people. The disciples picked up twelve baskets filled with the leftovers.   

People came to Jesus with leprosy. Some came who were blind or deaf. On occasion, He even raised people from the dead. He changed what was into what it should be. I often tell people who are going through a crisis in life: “Cheer up! You are a candidate for a miracle! Any moment now, God can prove Himself powerful in your life.”  

Most would agree that our nation is presently desperate for a miracle. Some are having trouble when they consider the voting options in the upcoming presidential election. I sense that many have reservations about the Democratic and the Republican candidates. Each political party is working hard to elect their favorite candidate. As some people root for Joe and some people root for Donald, it is dividing our nation. Republicans and Democrats are praying for their favorite candidates. God is not going to answer ever prayer.

I have decided to pray for both presidential candidates, and not to pray against either one. I am committed to praying that each will be changed miraculously into the person that God can best use. Remember, Jesus delights in turning that which is not into that which is.

Most would agree that both presidential nominees are flawed. Perhaps the best thing that we can do for Trump and Biden is to pray that God would change them into the person that He can best use. If God hears and answers that prayer, both forerunners will be significantly changed for the better, whether they are elected or not.   

Don’t neglect your duty to vote. Pick a candidate and vote for that candidate. But pray that our elected officials would become the people that God would have them to be. Let’s not bash either Biden or Trump. Let’s pray for both.  

"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people; for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (1 Timothy 2:1-2). 

Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 417-847-2460.