Posted by: New in Every Way | July 11, 2012

Miracles – Where Do They Fit?

Statue of Elijah on Mt. Carmel where he confronted the prophets of Baal.

One of the mind-boggling thoughts that hit me—after visiting Israel—is how many supernatural events have occurred in that small country. The current state of Israel is smaller than the state of Delaware, but there have undoubtedly been more miracles per square mile in that land than anywhere else on earth.

Speaking of square miles, our tour guide pointed out that most of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee took place within one square mile. In that one square mile, he turned water into wine, feed 5000+ people by multiplying five loaves of bread and two fish, calmed a storm, walked on water, and healed countless people.

But miracles occurred in Israel even before Christ’s time. The prophet Elijah’s prayers resurrected a dead boy. He confronted  the 450 prophets of Baal (a pagan god) on Mt. Carmel with a spectacular result that left the observing Israelites saying, “The LORD—he is God!”

His successor, Elisha, performed sixteen miracles in all—the last one happening after his death. (A corpse was placed hastily in Elisha’s tomb. When the dead man touched Elisha’s bones, he came back to life!)

I said that Israel has seen more miracles per square mile than any other place on earth. But miracles happen all over this planet. During World War II, in Ravensbruk, a large concentration camp in Germany, Betsy Ten Boom shared her precious bottle of vitamins with other ailing women Her supply never dwindled. In widely separated parts of the globe, when believers have prayed, tidal waves have separated, and fires and tornadoes have changed course, leaving them unharmed. A friend of mine has strong faith in God’s desire to heal. When she went through chemotherapy for cancer, she did not experience nausea or any other symptom.

Where do miracles fit in the scheme of things? When is it appropriate to “bother God” for a miracle? Is it a sign of immaturity and weakness to ask for God to supernaturally solve a problem?

When my granddaughter was two, she didn’t want help dressing herself. “No! Nikki by ’erself!” she protested as she proceeded to turn her shorts backwards and put both legs in one hole. My point? God doesn’t want us lazy, but, on the other hand, he wants us to know our limits. If I did not let experts do things for me, my car would be in terrible disrepair, my computer would have me completely stumped, and I wouldn’t know how to read and spell.

Was the apostle Paul’s statement “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7), just a sentimental thought? Or did he mean that God would help us with the issues of everyday life? To what extent? Well, when we go to a human friend or professional, they put the full extent of their knowledge and skill into helping us solve our problem. Will God not do the same? And, for him, that means pulling some strings supernaturally. Not just once in a great while, but every day. If we ask.

However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8 NIV).

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father (John 14:12 NIV).

Making It Personal

  • Will you ask God for his help today, and expect a miracle, if that’s what it takes?
  • Unless you expect miracles, will you be able to accomplish the God-size tasks he has called you to do?

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