This improvement in my vision I wrote about yesterday: is it a miracle?
I don’t know.
But do I believe in miracles? Oh, yes!
I believe in God.
And the God I believe in is miracle-Doer extraordinaire!
I believe what the record says about His miracles—partly because He’s given me the faith to believe, and partly because I’ve witnessed astounding things in my own lifetime.
God spoke the entire universe into being (Gen 1). If that’s no miracle, I don’t know what is!
by miracles God delivered His people out of bondage (Ex 13:14)
and through the wilds (Ex 13:17-18),
parted the sea for them to pass through (Ex 14:21-22),
and drove out powerful forces before them Josh 24:18).
that in Christ He visited
and redeemed His people (Lk 1:68-69)
—and while bodily on earth, did wonders testifying to Who He was (Jhn 20:30-31):
turned water into wine (Jhn 2:9),
fed multitudes from multiplied crumbs (Jhn 6:9-12),
cured the lame,
the blind (Mt 21:14),
the leprous (Lk 17:14),
delivered the demon-driven (Mt 4:24),
raised the dead (Mk 5:40-41),
and lifted men to heavenly hope.
I also believe…
God does not change (Mal 3:6).
And Jesus Christ remains the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8)
So. He. still. can. do. miracles.
And. He. does!
The greatest miracle in any of our human lives is deliverance from our own inherent disease of sin and death (Col 1:13). If God quit doing miracles, no one would be saved, we’d all be just doomed! (Jhn 3:3,5-8). If He hadn’t done this miracle for me, I know without doubt I wouldn’t be alive on earth today to sit here typing this post! I was so on the brink of total destruction when He rescued me.
But what about the “signs and wonders” stuff now?
When He acts through my utter weakness (2 Cor 12:5,9),
so I find myself doing what I know I myself I cannot (2 Cor 12:9-10),
isn’t that miraculous, a work of God impossible with man?
When I find myself freed from some infirmity medical science still deems unconquered, is that not a miracle?
When I observe a sister in Christ healed in one evening of “irreversible” hearing loss, astonishing her doctor, haven’t I witnessed a miracle?
Yes, God still does miracles.
But He doesn’t always do them, according to our whims and wishes.
Jesus healed. But not everyone. He left crowds pressing Him for healing, to go preach the good news of humanity’s greatest miracle-gift offer (and need), redemption from the ruined realm of earthly self.
He turned crumbs into food abundance, but at no one’s demand but the Father’s. When crowds came clambering to make Him their earthly king because He could provide such abundance, He rebuked them and turned away.
Christ performed miracles born from compassion. But their greatest purpose was/is always to glorify God.
By miracles in the wilderness God brought both deliverance and disaster. The same Red Sea parting that provided escape for fleeing slaves drowned pursuing armies. God both healed, and sent, plagues, set some men on solid rock and caused the earth to swallow others. Not by whim, but for good reason.
And in my life, by His power, He has brought both pain and healing, marvelous abundance and devastating loss. He has healed and He has wounded. And both “bad” and “good,” well, it’s all really good. For Romans 8:28 is about Romans 8:29, and the ultimate good of the latter far surpasses easy earthly fixes.
Honestly, I’ve derived more spiritual gain from earthly pains and losses than from any wonder of healing or prosperity.
God knows better than we what we need, and gives it…
And that’s a miracle, too!
[Of course, one blog post can hardly cover this topic. Please read the comments that follow for more. And remember that every flower petal, every breath, every new day is, really, a miracle of His grace.]
What do you believe about miracles?
MORE REASONS TO PRAISE HIM: Each underlined phrase above is yet another reason (#664 – #683), in my counting toward “10,000 REASONS”.
[Soon: I hope to post about “When God Heals… and Doesn’t”]