The most challenging principle of the Miracle Map is the third one: God works miracles in His time and in His way. This third principle in the Miracle Map really comes down to letting God be God. That’s challenging when you’re a control freak like me.
Embedded in every miracle is a real treasure map that can lead us to the X that marks the spot where we, too, can experience the miracle we need most. Now, I’m not saying there’s some secret Bible decoder that will open up hidden messages within the miracles of Jesus. But, I do believe there are principles that can help you and me find the miracle we need most, one that will bring us into a closer and deeper relationship with the Source of all miracles.
I used to think of miracles as being like a genie, offering you three wishes, or Superman suddenly appearing to save the day! The truth is that life is messy, and God works best in the midst of that mess. Think about it. If everything were perfect in your life, you wouldn’t need God.
Maybe you’ve heard the expression, “He who gets too big for his britches will soon be exposed in the end!” Such was the case for Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon. He had exalted himself as one worthy of worship.
Of all the miracles Jesus performed, the raising of Lazarus from the dead was the most powerful and climactic that John recorded. It certainly raised the greatest response from His friends and His enemies.
How often have we jumped to the wrong conclusion about suffering in others’ lives? Here was a man born blind. He had never seen the beauty of God’s creation or the faces of his parents. With no social welfare available, he was left to beg for a living.
This miracle comes on the heels of feeding five thousand plus people on the hillside. The crowds were understandably impressed with both Jesus’ teaching, miracles and provision!
Apart from the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the feeding of the 5,000 is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels. That alone should say something to us about what God wants us to learn from this supernatural manifestation.
What an unusual question to ask a man who had been unable to walk for 38 years. It almost seems cruel, doesn’t it? Do you want to get well? I wonder how it must have made him feel to be asked such a question.
John records the second “sign miracle” that Jesus performed in Galilee. Following a divine appointment in Samaria where an entire village came to Christ, Jesus returns to Cana where He had changed the water into wine. He was met by a government official in nearby Capernaum whose son was very sick.