July 5, 2012

Why Don't Verifiable Miracles Happen Today?

I have had many people ask me why miracles don’t happen; but, I believe verifiable miracles do happen today. Perhaps it’s simply how you define a miracle.  We read about the big ones in the Bible, the parting of the Red Sea, turning water into wine or divine healing and raising the dead.  I’ve seen verifiable healings in our ministry at Woodlands Church.  One of my dear friends is living proof of how God heals leukemia when there was no hope left at all medically for him.  Our staff gathered to pray and asked God for a miracle, and God gave us one.  Today he serves with our mission teams that go all over the world sharing Jesus’ love and supplying humanitarian aide.

Beyond the big miracles, we also need to consider that our life is a miracle.  Every baby born is a miracle.  Every new day is a miracle of God.  So often I’ve taken for granted the daily miracles I’ve been given.  As I get older and practice the one-month-to-live lifestyle, I become more aware of the miracles that God does all around me.  It causes me to live with a deeper sense of gratitude in my heart.

I would suggest that the real question behind your question is:  How can I get a miracle?  Miracles are part of the wonderful mystery of God to me.  So many today want to offer some kind of formula to conjure up a miracle or some special prayer that forces God to act in our behalf and pull off a miracle when and where and how we demand.  If that were true, than who would be God?  It’s so refreshing and relaxing when you can just let God be God.  I may not always understand God’s ways, but I never have to doubt His love.  God is love.  Because He loves me, I can trust Him and simply ask for the miracle I need in my life.  Philippians 4:6-7 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  It’s interesting that the Bible says, ‘requests’ not ‘demands.’  When we present our requests to God, we can have confidence in His love for us to respond.  James 4:2 tells us “We have not because we ask not.” God knows what we need but longs for us to enter a personal relationship with Him where we communicate our needs to Him.  As He supplies those needs, we witness miracle after miracle of His grace and love.


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