Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet–a vast army. – Ezekiel 37:9-10 (NIV)
Have you ever seen the show “Breaking the Magician’s Code?” It was a TV series featuring the Masked Magician who revealed the tricks behind the magic. The magician concealed his identity for fear of what might happen to him for revealing long-held secrets. It was a fascinating show because our curiosity is satisfied, but at the same time the magic disappears. It is Dorothy pulling the curtain back on the Wizard of Oz.
For some of us we see God too much like a magician. We are amazed by His acts of power, but somewhere inside we wonder “Where’s the trick?” There are even some “masked magicians” out there trying to “expose” the tricks of the Bible. But there are no tricks, no gimmicks, and no puzzles to figure out. Ezekiel had a clear understanding that there are no tricks with God. When God does something, it is done. He isn’t about distraction or deceit. I am sure that Ezekiel didn’t look for strings tied to the bones or mirrors or trap doors, he just stood in awe of God’s power and gave him praise.
So when God says He heals, He heals. When He says He redeems, He redeems. When He says He gives us new life, we have new life. The question we have to ask ourselves is, are we still looking for strings, mirrors and trap doors? Let’s pray we can be like Ezekiel and partner with God in making miracles happen.
2 responses to “Provision: God is No Magician”
The folly of trying to see and understand the things of God through human eyes… sometimes we are just to be awed.
Amen, Nick, amen.