Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

He can … – Day 15

He can do miracles

Bible text(s)

18He is near to those who call to him,

who call to him with sincerity.

19He supplies the needs of those who honour him;

he hears their cries and saves them.

Psalms 145:18-19GNBOpen in Bible reader

[Over the past few days, several readers testified about God’s goodness. Here are three testimonies that may encourage you.]

Reader 1, Claudia: “Some time ago, my boys each desired a pair of Nike sneakers. Because I knew we could not afford it, I told them, ‘Let us pray and trust the Lord.’ I knew His Word says He can provide for us. We also read in Psalms: ‘Call unto me in your time of trouble. I will deliver you and you need to honour Me.’

A few days before Christmas, I became a bit anxious because I knew the disappointment would be great if the kids did not get the sneakers. My husband and I, and the children chose to trust God’s Word. Without anyone knowing about our request to God, my older sister came to deliver Christmas gifts for my children. What was it? Two pairs of sneakers – the exact Nikes they desired. I could explode with excitement. God is truly involved in the details of our lives and we can trust Him for everything – big or small!”

Reader 2, Trevor: “At age 14, I started smoking. Initially only a few cigarettes, but over time it increased significantly. I made coffee one morning. I could not wait to smoke my first cigarette after the coffee. My chest ached, and I knew it had something to do with the 35 cigarettes I smoked the day before. In the past, I often tried to quit smoking. However, the withdrawal symptoms made me a bitter, unpleasant, bad-tempered man. It affected my balance and I even struggled to keep the car in the correct lane.

The temptation for a cigarette prevailed, and I lit one. Halfway through the cigarette, I heard a voice in my heart (I believe it was the Holy Spirit). The voice told me to quit smoking. I wanted to take one last drag and put it out, but when I brought it to my mouth, the voice was there again, convincing me to put it down. I did, closed my eyes and prayed, ‘Lord, I want to quit smoking but cannot do it alone. Please help me.’ At that moment, a miracle happened. It was as if God touched me.

To this day, I have had no withdrawal symptoms. Everyone talks about how easily I’ve stopped smoking. In all honesty, the truth is that it was God who had set me free. We just need to acknowledge our dependence on Him. He remains Almighty.”

Reader 3, Marna: “My brother’s son, Hendry, was shocked by electricity. He was completely unconscious. My brother, Werner, rushed him to the doctor. They live 10 minutes away from town. Arriving at the doctor, they saw Hendry did not have a heartbeat. For 20 minutes they struggled to get Hendry’s heart to beat again. When it did, the doctors feared for brain damage because he was without oxygen for so long. They put Hendry under sedation for 10 days to prevent swelling of the brain. After 10 days they woke him up. The result? Hendry did not suffer any brain damage and plays like any other normal child. Nothing is impossible to God!”

God wants to demonstrate His greatness to us. He can provide, set us free and protect us. In Psalm 145:18-19, we read: “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.” Let us give thanks today to Him for who He is to us. God bless you.

Assignment for the day: Think about a breakthrough only God could provide for you. Thank Him for it – and share it with at least one person.

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