Have you seen a miracle lately? Do you need one? God is still in the miracle business, you know. He never changes; however, we have become some pretty tough customers. Medical science surely obscures many miracles; sheer busyness blinds us to others. Particularly in America, our faith in the things of this world isolates us from the transforming power of miracles. In third world countries, with fewer resources and greater awareness of evil powers, miracles are more readily needed, seen and received. God has not left us out, though. Learning to recognize and rejoice in the miracles that happen every day allows those miracles to accomplish the purpose God intends for them: the growth of faith and knowledge of Him. The more we see of who God is, the greater our ability to see and share miracles with others!
Miracles take us outside the natural world. They produce results we cannot achieve on our own. The miracle of new birth is seldom overlooked for what it is: a baby thrills almost every soul. In our Christian lives, we sometimes take for granted the miracle of new birth the soul undergoes. Yet, redemption is a miracle that should never stop aweing us. There is nothing more miraculous than having a rebellious human heart surrender to the love of God. The desire to be independent beats as strong today as it did in Paradise. It is a miraculous work of God when one receives an understanding of our need for God. On the other side of the redemption miracle is the love of God. The miracle of a love so powerful it willingly receives the penalties of another is astounding. A love that forgives unendingly and continually calls to those who ignore and reject the call is a miracle need!
The truth we must never forget is this: miracles flow from the presence of God!
Taking for granted the great blessings that pour from the miracle of redemption impoverishes us too. Prayer itself is a glorious miracle for it brings us directly into the presence of God. That the King of King keeps the door open for communication no matter where I am fills me with joy. The miracle does not stop there, though, because prayer works beyond our requests. We ask for one thing, but God produces much more with every prayer than we ever know. Prayers take us far beyond this earthly realm and bring His Kingdom to bear in ways we can not even imagine!
Then there are the miracles of serendipity. Do you know there is no such thing as coincidence? God is always working, and He has impeccable timing. He brings people together, He opens and closes doors, He orchestrates circumstances. Do not lose your miracles by calling them coincidences. Look around, see and celebrate every touch of God.
Peace in the midst of painful circumstances is another miracle of faith. When the doctor says no more can be done; when the finance company sends the foreclosure notice; when your child falls captive to addictions; when terrorism fills the daily news: There is no earthly hope. Only faith can quiet your heart…only faith can bring the presence of God.
Faith and miracles walk hand-in-hand. Faith in the goodness and power of God produces miracles. As we watch demoniacs healed, physical ailments removed and lives restored, faith grows…understanding of who God is and how He works grows. That is what He intends. Help others see Him too.
Quiet your heart; listen to Third Day and receive your miracle…and then spread it around!