Do you believe in miracles? It has been said that a miracle is not the suspension of a natural law, but the operation of a higher law. One such miracle is celebrated every year by Jews around the world. Last Sunday at sunset the Jewish feast of Hanukkah began and it ends tomorrow at sunset. The eight-day celebration of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the cleansing and re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem following the unlikely Jewish victory over the powerful Syrian-Greeks of the Seleucid Empire in 165 bc. The Syrians had purposely defiled the Temple by offering pig sacrifices to their god Zeus on it's altar. After overpowering the Syrians the victorious Jews, led by Judah "The Hammer" Maccabee cleansed the Temple and rebuilt the altar. The High Priest, who was anxious to relight the sacred Menorah which was to burn throughout the night, every night, could only find one small sealed jar of purified oil for the lamp. That was only enough for one night. The Jews, stepping out in faith, lifted up a prayer to God and lit the Menorah anyway. That's when the miracle occurred - the oil never ran out! The oil from the tiny jar lasted for eight days which was time enough to consecrate more oil. Jews celebrate this miracle every year by lighting the a special Menorah called the Hanukiah and they give thanks to God for the miracle. Here's the good news - God is still in the miracle business! Are you needing a miracle in your life? Instead of waiting and doing nothing, maybe it is time to step out in faith and watch God move. Know that it brings your Father great pleasure to perform the impossible and pour out blessings on His children. Expect miracles knowing that His oil never runs out!
For thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.' 1Kings 17:14
Pastor Frank Dodson