The miracle of Hanukkah that we celebrate each year serves to remind us that as much as we get caught up in the mundane and the daily, we have a wonderful God Who is delightfully independent of earthly circumstances! In the midst of utter destruction and chaos in Jerusalem in the days of the Maccabees, God showed up, provided the needed oil supernaturally and the faith of a people was renewed.
You see, we may think that the ‘miracle’ was the multiplication of the oil. It was, to be sure, but a greater ‘miracle’ was the renewal of faith within the hearts of the downtrodden and defeated people of Israel.
As we approach Hanukkah this year, I’d like to suggest that our contemporary society is suffering, not so much from an economic downturn or disturbing scandals in high places around the world, but from a widespread weakening of FAITH in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He hasn’t changed; we have. The principles that guided the lives of our past heroes have become muddled in the modern mind.
Faith is NOT pretending that something exists when it really doesn’t. Faith is not some mental game; or a crutch for the weak. The dictionary defines FAITH as:
Can you “see” the television signals coming into your home? They exist, they are just unseen realities yet you and I have “faith” that every time we press the button, that television will come on and the images will appear. However the television in your family room doesn’t generate those images. They were already ‘out there’. You’ve just tuned in to them.
God is the same – always and forever. He is broadcasting all His power and all His blessings 24/7. God’s transmitter is never broken: our receiver is the problem.
Faith – true biblical faith – is confidence in the trustworthiness of God. It is the stabilizing foundation for a productive and inspiring life. His mercies are new every morning, the psalmist wrote. Great is His faithfulness.
Hanukkah is not about oil; it’s about renewing our faith that before we even turn to Him, He has already provided what we need. The minute we start looking for ‘logical proof’ or ‘material evidence’ we deal a death blow to genuine faith.
Hanukkah begins Tuesday evening, December 16th and continues through December 24th. Can we dedicate these eight days to meditating on God’s goodness and His faithfulness as displayed for us in the pages of the Scriptures?
Hungry to see miracles like the people we read about? Miracles follow relationship; they don’t create it.
Feed your soul from His Word and let your faith be renewed and enlarged. Tune in to His transmitter and let the message of Hanukkah carry you into 2015 with a deeper relationship with your God.