I almost talked myself out of it.
My amazing wife encouraged me to go to the footy game at the MCG that night, as it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy some time out with 75 000 other footy fans.
It was very generous of her, but I felt slightly guilty. If I left it meant Jess would put the kids to bed and clean up the aftermath on her own. So, I pretty much convinced myself not to go. “Thanks Jess, but I’ll stay”.
In the end, Jess had to pretty much kick me out of the house and push me down the stairs to send me away. (Maybe she just wanted some time on her own!). It ended up being one of the best nights I’ve had for a while, as I also happened to be sitting a few rows down from a good mate, so we watched the game together.
At the end of the night I realised that I’d almost talked myself out of a miracle! I was so glad I chose to shut up and listen!
Sometimes I wonder how often we talk ourselves out of all kinds of miracles. Instead of trusting God’s goodness, our words of doubt and fear pour out so thick and fast that we rob ourselves of the good things He has for us.
The Israelites found themselves in a desperate situation. They we’re hemmed in by the Red Sea on one side, with the most powerful army in the world bearing down on the other. But God had already planned to rescue them by cutting a way through the sea so they could safely cross to the other side.
But God knew the Israelites. They were expert grumblers. They were professionals in being able to find the negative in every situation and expressing their doubts and fears so articulately that they were at risk of robbing themselves of a miracle.
Knowing this, God commanded Moses to give them one simple instruction:
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” – Exodus 14:14 (ESV)
All the Israelites needed to do was to shut up and stop talking, quit the doubting and cut the grumbling. As they obeyed Moses, they saw the power of God rescue them from certain defeat.
Don’t talk yourself out of a miracle. Quit the doubting. Cut the grumbling, and you will see God’s power released like never before!