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Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him.  - Luke 23:8

Many people are attracted to Jesus for all kinds of reasons. In this passage Herod wants to see a miracle. He wants to see something that isn't normally seen. He wants to be amazed. He wants Jesus to perform.


And there's the problem. God has never been a "performance" based God. God/Jesus never performed miracles for "show" or to wow and amaze people to gain their approval; to win their relationship. Instead God moves in miraculous ways because of the relationship he already has with his people, because they've already placed their trust/faith in him. It's because he loved the Israelites that he parted the Red Sea. It's because he cared for Mary and Martha and wanted to increase their faith that Lazarus was raised from the dead. It's because he valued the centurion soldier that he healed his ear that one of the disciples had zealously cut off.


And conversely, there's no amount of "performance" we can do to wow God or gain/build our relationship with Him. We can't read our Bible's enough, pray enough, go to church enough, visit the sick and imprisoned enough, or give to the poor enough. Instead it out of the relationship we already have with God that we do all those things.


Where have I been expecting God to "perform" in order to amaze me? In what areas have I been trying to "perform" to show God that I'm "good enough"?


Jesus, I trust you to do the miraculous. I believe you're able to do the impossible when you feel it's necessary. Help me to trust in your timing, and in your way. Jesus, I love you.