When you think of miracles, what comes to mind? When some think of miracles they think of an extraordinary shot in basketball, a superior feat in athletics, an incredible win in sports, an amazing rescue, a near miss in an accident, an unscathed escape from a tragedy, a unexplained healing, or a radical life change. The source or generation of these miraculous occurrences can be messy. Some define these incidences as rare, yet naturally and scientifically explainable, others look at miracles as divine intervention. Have you ever experienced a miracle?
The reality is there are more and more happenings that are extraordinary, amazing, phenomenal, astonishing, and even inexplicable. The beauty of these miracles is more and more people are seeing the power and love of our miraculous God. They are seeing miracles as they study the Bible being the Bible is packed full of divine interventions. As well, many people believe they have experienced modern day miracles, though some doubt that miracles happen today. Regardless, whether a miracle is heard of, witnessed, or experienced, the happening brings a beautiful, great hope in an all-powerful, loving God.
I know my wife and I have experienced a few miracles over the years. One was when we were on a trip to a missionary school in Africa. I was invited as a guest Bible teacher for a week of inspirational meetings for the junior and senior high school students. Prior to the meetings, we had the joy of joining the students on a trip to show the “Jesus” film to some remote villages. As hundreds of people gathered from numerous villages, the event began. However, some of us noticed an oncoming rainstorm rolling towards the open plain of the event. This rain was not a little sprinkle, but I was informed that rain in this part of Africa is a deluge that results in flash floods and can even pummel you to the ground! The organizing missionary of the event asked us to pray. Many of the students stood facing the oncoming rain and prayed. The rain kept coming. We kept praying. The rain could now be heard and the wind that preceeded it began to be felt. The people enjoying the film were getting antsy. They were encouraged to enjoy the film. The rain kept coming, but something miraculous happened. The rain actually parted and went around the plain where the film was being shown. I could, and did, actually stand on the dry ground with no rain hitting my body, yet could stick my arm out into the rain as if I was inside a building and checking rain outside! Was it just a freak of nature or a miracle of God? I believe it was a miracle of God!!!
Lee Strobel, in his new book “The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural” Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018, agrees with the definition of miracles from Richard L. Purtill, professor emeritus of philosophy at Western Washington University, where a miracle is “an event brought about by the power of God that is a temporary exception to the ordinary course of nature for the purpose of showing that God has acted in history” (page 27). Strobel’s book walks through the skepticisms of miracles, the biblical reality of the miraculous, and miracles today, leaving the verdict up to the readers. The truth is this whole area of miracles is a bit messy, but there is a beauty in that they can point us to an all-powerful, loving God.
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?
Job 5:8-9 As for me, I would seek God, and to God would I commit my cause, who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number.
See God is amazing, the Creator of all existence. He is the one who set up the natural laws and orders of all the systems like gravity, entropy, cause and effect, life and death, sound, time, and such.
Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him (Jesus) all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
The Lord is the One who is over all creation and has the power to interrupt these systems to accomplish His purposes. He can cause an immaculate conception Luke 1:26-38 or a resurrection John 20:1-29. Yes, there is a beautiful mess around miracles. Beautiful in that they point to a miraculous, Almighty God that has intense love for each of us, messy in that they stretch our mind and challenge our typical way of thinking. Why not do a bit of investigative research of your own and read up on some of the miracles of the Bible like these: 1 Kings 17:1-24, 2 Kings 5:1-27, Daniel 3:1-30, John 9:1-38, John 11:1-44. There are way more, so pick up a Bible and read on! It will give you hope.
Church is a great place to learn more of miracles of God. Actually, at Cypress Church and at our Los Al Branch we have just started a new Bible study on miracles called Living Proof. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We would love for you to join with us in this study.
Enjoying the beauty of the mess of miracles along with you,