Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

Break Out – Day 17

Break out and trust God for a miracle

Bible text(s)

14You are the God who works miracles;

you showed your might among the nations.

Psalms 77:14GNBOpen in Bible reader

4Our ancestors put their trust in you;

they trusted you, and you saved them.

Psalms 22:4GNBOpen in Bible reader

20To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of: 21to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21GNBOpen in Bible reader

Have you recently found yourself in a situation where you needed a miracle? God still does miracles. Here is the testimony of Iban Vermeulen from Stellenbosch:

“Sweat pearls formed on my forehead as pain shot through my leg again. I laid alone in the hospital bed. My wife was at home with our new-born baby girl and the doctors desperately tried to stop the skin bacteria (cytotoxins) from spreading in my leg. The skin on my calf kept on flaking and my foot was blue as I struggled with unbearable pain.

A few days before, I had gone for coffee with a friend. I felt a sting on my calf, but I did not immediately pay attention to it. That afternoon, I started feeling sick and by 20:00 that night I collapsed with a fever of 41 °C. I went to the doctor, but despite the medication, my pain worsened. Three days later, I was hospitalised.

The doctors eventually discovered that a violin spider had bitten me on my calf. The poison caused a bacterial infection on my skin which ate away the second and third layers of my skin. Despite the strongest possible dose of antibiotics to stop the bacteria, my condition worsened. My foot became dark blue. The skin kept peeling and there was talk that the doctors would have to amputate my leg to stop the damage of the poison.

Through my tears, I closed my eyes in my hospital bed and cried out to God for a miracle. I knew he could heal me. I put the song, ‘God is Able’ by Planetshakers on repeat, while thanking God for being in control of my life.

The next morning, the doctors were amazed. The red inflammation in my leg had suddenly started to clear up. They could not understand why the antibiotics suddenly kicked in. It still took some weeks for complete healing.

After being released from hospital, I visited a doctor who specialised in spider bites. She looked at the dose of antibiotics that I received in hospital and, immediately, said it would not have cured the cytotoxins as it was the incorrect medicine. In that moment, I knew that God was with me that night in the hospital room. He noticed my desperation, and touched and healed me. I give him all the glory for my miracle!”

Iban is right. Nothing is impossible with God. In Psalm 77:14 we read: “You are the God of great wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.” God is present when we start praising him. In Psalm 22:4 we read: “Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.” And there are no limits to what God can do if we completely trust him. In Ephesians 3:20-21 we read: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think … to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

What miracle do you need today? Restoration of your marriage, healing, a job, or financial provision for the end of the month? What is your reaction in the waiting time? Do you allow doubt to get a hold of you or are you praising God like Iban, as well as Paul and Silas, while being locked up in prison? Remember, your breakthrough might be just one prayer away. God bless.

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