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Can you imagine the headlines if that happened today? A simple man from an average family suddenly heals people: the deaf hear, lepers are cured , and even the dead are brought back to life! Oh the news would be all over it! I can just imagine the twitter responses, social media debates, TV coverage, radio announcements, and the opinion of “experts” as they try to make sense of it all.
Jesus performed hundreds of miracles and there are many more done throughout the Bible. So where are all the miracles now? Some people look at the vast accounts of miracles in Scripture and wonder why we don’t see these today. Have the miracles come to an end? Or are we just not seeing them?
Miracles most certainly still occur, but you have to believe. Pharaoh refused to believe Moses and the miracles God was working through him. Even in Jesus’ time, there were those who refused to believe He actually walked on water or healed people. When miracles occur in today’s world…do we believe?
When we look at miracles in the Bible, many times they occur through someone. God parts the Red Sea through Moses. God sent rain through the prayers of Elijah. Jesus fed 5,000 with the loaves and fish of a young man. These miracles are sometimes performed by God through the use of earthy materials. God gave water to drink through Moses and a rock in the desert. It didn’t merely appear, but gushed forth from a rock. Jesus rubbed clay on the eyes of the blind man so he could see.
Perhaps we don’t see the modern day miracles because we are too focused on the people or objects and not on the God who allows them to do so. What if instead of seeing the water from the rock in the desert as a miracle we said “Oh that’s not a miracle! That’s simply a man who stumbled upon a rock filled with water at just the right time….perhaps he studied geology?” Or what if we looked at the feeding of the 5,000 and said “That’s not a miracle! God didn’t feed those people it was that little boy who brought food.” Or if we saw the healing of a blind man and scoffed saying, “God didn’t heal him! It was this mud here…it must have medicinal powers.”
These rationalizations seem silly to us as believers in Christ. It seems obvious that these were miracles, not mere coincidence. But there are those who disagree. Who look for a rational explanation instead. They cannot open their hearts and eyes to see the hand of God!
This is the same sort of rationalization that is applied daily to miraculous things! A young child recovers from a rare disease. Scientists and doctors look at this and say well yes that is because of such-and-such medicine and through the hard work of Dr. So-and-So. But what if that medicine is merely the tool for God, much like the clay Jesus used to heal the blind man? What if that doctor is just the person God chooses to act through, much like Moses parted the Red Sea through God?
Sometimes a miracle is out of the blue and sudden. Sometimes it is through the work of another person. But that doesn’t make it any less a miracle. Maybe Jesus isn’t walking up to people and curing their blindness…but look at what God has given us instead! With glasses, contact lenses, laser surgery and more, people can see! Moses isn’t standing next to us tapping a rock so we have water to drink…instead God has given the knowledge and ability for us to have plumbing systems, irrigation, and wells to have water.
There are those who say that God must not care or must not be real because if He were…we would see miracles all over! But I disagree. I know God cares and I know He is real! I believe it in my heart and I see the proof of His miracles in all forms all around me! From medical advances to advances in technology, we cannot forget that although men created these things, God created man and without Him, none of it is possible!
So I challenge myself and all of us to believe in miracles. To look for them and indeed to find them as often as possible! And when we do witness truly miraculous event, let us pray that our hearts and eyes will be opened to God’s goodness and that we will see all He has done for us! Glory to God, who reigns forever and ever. Amen.