DayBreaks for 4/29/14 – Not a Single Miracle
Miracles. They are the stuff of Bible stories and wonder, are they not? There are those who dismiss them outright as being preposterous, and even some Christian theologians do so, much to my chagrin. But, don’t we have to admit that miracles, by definition, strain the rules of the universe and nature and make us not just amazed but puzzled and wondering? I mean, walking on water is not something that I’ve ever seen anyone demonstrate. Calming the storm, turning water into wine..those just don’t happen…at least not usually. I have never been witness to someone rising from the dead, or who was blind since birth being given sight by someone rubbing muddy spittle on their eyes. Maybe you have…but me? Not.
Miracles. I believe in them. I know people who desperately pray for them and expect them. Perhaps that’s why I’ve not seen them…I may not expect to. I have faith in God’s power to do a miracle whenever and wherever it suits His purposes…and not to do them at my request.
There are those that don’t receive the miraculous answer they pray for. Let’s face it: if God granted every request for a miraculous healing, would anyone ever have died on the face of this earth? (There may be a few, but most who are loved and cherished have someone beg God to heal them as they lay on their sick bed or death bed.) Does that mean that there isn’t enough faith in the requestor? No. Does it mean there’s not enough power in the God they pray to? No.
Do you realize that in the entire story of David, the man after God’s own heart, that there is not even one single miracle?! Does that mean that God was not in the story of David, or that God was uninvolved in the life of the man after His own heart? Absolutely not. God was at the center of every plot twist, every event and in every detail of David’s life, but He was usually silent and seemed to be hidden based on many of David’s psalms of lament and complaint.
Why? As Eugene Peterson said in his book about David, Leap Over a Wall, the story of David is the story of everyman. It is a story that doesn’t go outside the bounds of the ordinary, the everyday life of a perfectly flawed human being. God didn’t do a miracle for David from the outside, but He did from the inside – patiently, steadily, and in secret. Why not miracle we could see? Perhaps it is because we needed to see someone just like us – alternatingly prideful yet humble, arrogant but meek, driven by passions and impulsive…a human full of flaws who was forced to come to grips with faith and life and God without miracles. In short, it is because we needed to see that it is possible for every person to wear the description: a person after God’s own heart.
Miracles? You don’t need it. David didn’t. If God wants you to have a miracle, you will see it. But just because you don’t get one doesn’t mean your faith is weak or that you don’t matter to God. You do!
PRAYER: Thank you, Father, for your wisdom in how you treat us and change us miraculously from within! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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