Why does it seem that miracles are more prevalent in the third world? I have seen and experienced some here in America, but they don’t happen anywhere near as often as I ask for them.

It may come down to this: in whom do I trust? I trust in God, sure, but I also trust in my bank account, and my doctor, and my car, and the Internet, and on and on. If I were a poor person in Africa, I would have only God, none of that other stuff. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is the same in America and in Africa. The Kingdom of God is here. The Holy Spirit is pouring out on all of us. (John 3:34b, ” For God gives the Spirit without limit.”) But we in America have trouble accessing the Holy Spirit.

Trusting in all that other stuff makes us double-minded. James wrote about the man lacking wisdom, who needs to ask God for it. “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:6-7)

The book of Proverbs sums it up: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Lord, give me the grace to trust you with all my heart.

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