Oral Roberts was fond of saying, ďExpect a miracle.Ē Oral Roberts was right! And just what is a miracle? A miracle is simply this: Divine intervention in the natural order created by God.
The Bible is full of reminders that God is a God of miracles.
†† Nehemiah 9:17 (NIV) 17 They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them,
†† Psalm 77:14 (NIV) 14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
†† Luke 19:37 (NIV) 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
†† Acts 2:22 (NIV) 22 "Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.
†† Acts 19:11 (NIV) 11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul,
And God is still a God of miracles. Miracles is one of the things specifically granted to members of the Church.
†† 1 Corinthians 12:28 (NIV) 28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.
Do you believe that Jesus meant what He said?
†† John 14:11-14 (NIV) 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Letís review some Bible Miracles.
†† Jonah and the whale
†† Noah and the flood
†† Feeding the multitude
†† Water to wine at the wedding
†† Egyption plagues
†† Red Sea crossing
†† Lions, Daniel
†† The pillar of fire to lead Israel
†† Raising the dead, Lazarus
And we see that miracles are closely related to faith
†† Hebrews 11:32-38 (NIV) 32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated-- 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
I believe miracles happen all the time and go undetected most of the time.
I believe whenever we pray for God to do something we are actually asking for a miracle.
I believe we are more inclined to seek natural explanations than to seek Godly ones.
I believe we pray hopefully, not with assurance and confidence.
†† James 1:6-8 (NIV) 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
I believe we often donít recognize Godís answer when He gives it.
And I believe we often fabricate answers when none is given.
I believe God created the natural world so it doesnít need divine intervention to operate.
I believe God must love us more than we can appreciate because He is willing to intervene on our behalf! And He does intervene: Because He is a God of miracles.