It pains me to write this, it really really does. I first came upon this article about 3 days ago and immediately started to write my thoughts but then quickly deleted them. If you have not clicked on the link, click here now! For the few of you who just refuse to read, this article is about a pastor in west Africa who attempted to re-enact the Walking on Water miracle. Yeah that one where Jesus walks on water and then Peter steps out on his faith to do the same thing. This pastor decided that he too was Peter and that he could walk on water. He drowns then dies.
SO MANY THOUGHTS! My head is spinning!
Where to begin? There are so many reasons that this is a bad idea but mainly the following:
1) In the Bible when Peter walked on water (in the live physical presence of Jesus Christ), he started to doubt and begins to sink. That right there tells me that even with Jesus standing with you in the present it is difficult to maintain enough faith to walk on water, why sir would you then try to recreate it? Seriously, why?
2) Was this pastor in his right mind? Like anyone could say that this man was stepping out of faith but who is to say he wasn’t stepping out on drugs? People on acid think they can fly…those people too have dropped to their untimely deaths.
If you read further down, in the aforementioned link, you will read about another pastor in Africa who was convinced that if he stood in a den of lions, God would protect him the same way that He protected Daniel. So this pastor goes to a zoo and despite all warning sneaks into the lion’s den and gets mauled to death.
I seriously cannot handle this amount of foolishness. There is only so much a girl can take. Now does this mean that I don’t believe in miracles? Of course not! Mariah and Whitney said it best “There can be miracles when you believe!” And yes, I believe!
However, I don’t think that God is a genie that just fulfills our wishes whenever we demand. Our wish is not His command…doesn’t work like that.
See this is why I didn’t want to write about this…I gotta get to the pulpit right quick. Why in the world would anyone put them self in a position that even Jesus refused to put himself in. Satan tried to tempt Jesus. Satan was basically like “hey you can do anything, God will do anything for you. You can jump off of this cliff and legions of angels will come and rescue you.” Jesus was like: “Nah, I’m good. I’m not testing God like that. It says not to in the scripture.” Of course I am paraphrasing but it’s in plain King James English in Matthew 4:1-11.
But I mean even if you could test God, wouldn’t you ask him to do a new thing. Like we’ve seen the splitting of the red sea, water into wine and raising the dead. But what about something creative like making a dollar out of 15 cents or turning my Amex card into a Black Card. Requesting old miracles is similar to liking a old facebook photo from 2010.