Who Gets the Credit?

Man in field with hands lifted to GodWhen you receive a miracle, who gets your accolades? Is it God? Are you sure?

For instance, you are sick and go to the doctor. He tells you that you have pneumonia. He prescribes penicillin and within days you feel much better. Who do you thank for your miracle?

Wait, you don’t think that’s a miracle?

The discovery of penicillin has often been described as a miracle drug, and that is exactly what it was. Prior to the discovery of penicillin, death could occur in what would seem, today, to be very trivial injuries and diseases. It could occur from minor wounds that became infected or from diseases such as Strep Throat – George Wong

Prior to 1928, penicillin was unknown and your chances of surviving pneumonia were slim. So I ask again, who do you thank for your miracle? The doctor? Alexander Fleming (who discovered penicillin)? Or God?

The Israelites were faced with the same dilemma at the foot of Mt Sinai. Moses was gone a long time, long enough to test their heart and find it wanting. You see, they placed their trust in Moses as their deliverer when it was God who brought them out of Egypt.

When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” – Exodus 32:1

Did you catch it? “The man Moses, who brought us up out of Egypt”. They gave the credit to the man Moses. But what I find really interesting is that God then tested Moses’ heart.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.” – Exodus 32:7

How did Moses respond?

Lord,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?” – Exodus 32:11

God gave Moses the opportunity to confirm where his faith and trust lay, before he faced the people – who mistakenly placed their trust in him (Moses).

So often we fall into the same trap of trusting in man or man’s discoveries. Yet how often do we hear about simple surgeries gone wrong? Simple cures being ineffective for no apparent reason?

No matter how advanced technology or medicine gets, let’s give credit where credit is due. All good things come from the Father of lights – from the supernatural miracle of resurrection to the gift of penicillin, and everything in between.

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