A discussion came up on LinkedIn this morning about miracles, how they are defined, whether or not God still is in the miracle business, all that kind of stuff. Aside from the fact that the scripture tells us that all things were made through Christ and that in Him everything is held together the question appears valid. I had some thoughts on the issue. Here is a brief summary for your consideration.
“And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”Matthew 13:58 NASB
It seems many have put their trust in the things of the world instead of the God who created it. Do we still need God?
In the modern world human-kind has faith in the ability of technology, and in science, and in academic scholarship; and in the ability of our own endeavors to order our environment. When told that our technology has created Global Warming we have a strong tendency to believe it. Some have come to believe that human-kind has the power even to destroy the earth. If we have that much power do we still need God?
When we are ill the first thing many of us to is run to the medical professional. Many take prescription drugs to cure what ails them. Others seek “natural” remedies for their ailments. For many, only when every human effort has been exhausted, do we then turn to God in desperate prayer. We cry out to the Father only when the doctor has told us that there is no hope in medicine. In our society it seems often we no longer have the freedom to rely on God for our health care and for the health care of our loved ones. Parents are being charged with criminal acts when they refuse medical treatment for their children preferring instead to trust God. Do we still need God?
The same kind of thinking applies to our getting on in this world we live in. How many of us have deeply applied Jesus’ teaching in Matthew chapter 6 especially 6:33-34 in our lives? Do we not first attempt to make sure that we have adequate retirement accounts, life insurance, health insurance. Then if all of this prudent stewardship and preparation is still falling somehow short we turn to God pleading for a miracle. Again, increasingly Government is stepping in and mandating retirement savings (Social Security), and mandatory health insurance. Soon we will have effectively removed dependence on God from our thinking about such things. Do we still need God?
Why should we expect God to move in our lives when we have taken so many measures to insure our “comfort” in the not so subtle belief that we are on our own, that reliance of God is a last resort. Many of us honor God with our lips but in our actions betray an absence of faith. What have we left for God to do?
Brothers and Sisters He has promised to provide for His Saints. He has promised to be with us always – even until the end of time. Let us return to complete reliance on Him. Let us trust Him now!
God will move in our lives in spite of our lack of faith. After all, He sends rain on the righteous and the un-righteous alike. But I suggest that we will see God move mightily in our lives as we radically turn them over to His stewardship. We must give up our rights to ourselves, stop relying on human wisdom, and throw ourselves on His mercy not just for Salvation (Oh How Great A Salvation It Is) but in the living of every second of this life, He Himself has provided for us. WE MUST live as the Children of Israel wandering in the desert for 40 years. They neither planted or harvested yet God provided for their daily needs. He kept their clothes from wearing out. They had no job but to follow Him as He lead. Think on this and beseech Him for clarity.
One last comment.
“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.” John 14:23 NASB
For those who know of and live out of what Jesus has accomplished on our behalf this is the biggest jack pot. God has moved in. We have become His temple. He has changed us, transferred us from the kingdom of darkness and death into His Kingdom of light and LIFE. And if we will abandon ourselves to Him we can live the abundant life right now. Then we will see the power of what Paul calls Kingdom of God manifest in our lives! (1 Corinthians 4:20)
We still need God and though many on our planet do not know this He is patient and in due time will meet each of us in our time of need.
Glory To God In The Highest, Forever and Ever Amen!