Monday, July 6, 2009

Miracles - Alive or Extinct?

What exactly is a miracle? The dictionary says a miracle is "an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs". Trust the dictionary to make things more complicated than they need to be.

I view a miracle as something that couldn't have happened without God's help. Something like raising the dead, feeding 5,000 with a small child's lunch, healing a paralyzed man. Those are miracles.

But notice that all of those things took place 2,000 years ago when Jesus was on earth. I haven't heard of any miracles like that since the times of the Bible.

It seems that in today's world, there just aren't any really miracles. Where did they go? And why don't they happen now?

The answer is that miracles DO happen now!
A young child hovers between life and death from malaria. Miles from any hospital, his family drops to their knees and prays fervently to the Lord of all Lords, "Please, Lord, please save my son! He's in your hands now, Lord! Please let him live!" The boy makes a full recovery within a few months.
The 2004 tsunami swept over India and a young mother was forced to let go of her 5-year-old son in order to save the baby. In the aftermath of the tsunami, her son was found floating on a mattress, healthy and safe.

If those aren't miracles, I don't know what a miracle is!

We, in America, in places where we don't have many natural disasters, or diseases or anything like that, we have come to depend on ourselves. When somebody has a life-threatening illness, we take them to a hospital. When there's a natural disaster, we trust the weather channel to tell us what to do. We don't see any miracles because we don't give God a chance to perform any miracles. We live in a society that is completely dependent on itself.

Miracles are alive today - we just refuse to see them.

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