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From: Francis Harper
Francis Harper Message for 4/6/18
How Can These Things Be?
Nicodemus, a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews, came to Jesus saying, “We know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles which thou doest, except God be with him” (John 3:2). He was mystified by the miracles of Jesus. He and others were asking, “How can these things be?” (Matthew 12:37).
Mary, the mother of Jesus, after being informed of her pregnancy, asked, “How can this be?” “The angel answered and said unto her, of the Holy Ghost, and the power of the Highest . . . For with God nothing can be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
Moroni asked, “My beloved brethren, hath miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men . . . God will shew [show] unto you with power and great glory at the last day . . . it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men . . . if these things have ceased, wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of unbelief . . . for no man can be saved, according to the words of Christ, save they shall have faith in his name . . . if ye have not faith in him, then ye are not fit to be numbered among the people of his church” (Moroni 7:29-44).
Throughout the year of 2016, I prayed that a person of faith and prayer would be elected as president of our nation. When Donald Trump selected Mike Pence as his running mate, I felt my prayer had been answered. If Trump was elected, the Vice President would be the praying man in the White House, for which I had prayed. But I said to many, it would be a miracle if Trump was elected. Many are still asking, “How can this be?” Miracles have not ceased! All of us need to pray for our president, irregardless of our political affiliation. In spite of King Solomon’s erring ways, he was blessed for the people’s sake. “And the Lord was not pleased with Solomon . . . And the Lord blessed Solomon for the people’s sake only” (1 Kings 3:1 IV).
We need to remember our God is a God of miracles. “For behold, I am God; I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today and forever; and I work not among the children of men, save it be according to their faith . . .” (Isaiah 29:25 IV).
Undoubtedly, we will be facing some impossible situations in the perilous days ahead of us. There will be perils on every level of our lives: personal, national and world-wide. In spite of the perils ahead, we can say, with David, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4).
As the Pilgrims were facing almost certain death on the North Sea, they prayed, “O Lord, we know that even now you can save us,” and he did! Remember Eddie Rickenbacker and the seven others drifting on a raft in the South Pacific for twenty-one days of “blistering heat and nights of ghastly chill!” They must have prayed, “O Lord, we know even now that you can save us,” and he did! If and whenever we face an impossible situation, we can pray, O Lord, we know that even now you can save us; “For with God, nothing can be impossible!” (Luke 1:37).
Even during this first week of April, 2018, thirteen-year-old Jesse Hernandez, who fell into a Los Angeles sewage pipe, was miraculously rescued from an impossible situation. He must have prayed, “O Lord, even now you can save me!” “. . . with God, nothing can be impossible” (Luke 1:37).