As you read the through the accounts of Jesus’ miracles in the Bible it’s hard to imagine some of those things occurring in today’s time. Walking on water, healing the lame, multiplying the fish and the loaves. This is dramatic stuff. The definition of the word miracle is, “a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency.”
I would imagine that if you were pressed you could come up with something resembling a miracle in your own life but do big, bold, dramatic, inexplicable things still happen in today’s world? If you peruse the internet you can of course find articles and news stories that detail out what some believe to be modern day miracles. A quick search yielded these catchy headlines:
“The "mysterious voice" which led cops to discover child who survived for 14 hours in submerged car.”
“The boy who drowned and was revived unharmed after 101 minutes of CPR.”
“The woman who came back to life after having no pulse for 45 minutes.”
“The dog who walked 20 blocks to the hospital where her owner was recovering from surgery.”
(Miracle or not, the last one’s pretty cool.) We could of course spend all day arguing about the legitimacy of each of these so-called miracles but my question is this, “What classifies as a miracle?” Are miracles only the big, bold, dramatic, life-altering, completely inexplicable events in life?
There’s a great example in the Bible in the book of John where we’re given a look at the very first miracle that Jesus performed as He walked the earth. Take a minute to read John 2:1-11. “The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.”
This is an interesting account because while the turning of water into wine is inexplicable, it isn’t anything necessarily dramatic or life altering. Similar to today, weddings in this culture were a big deal but unlike today, weddings in Jesus’ time were a multi-day event that brought together most of the community for a time of celebration where wine played a central role. The family of the bridegroom was responsible for hosting this reception of sorts and the use and quality of wine played a pivotal role in how their guests were to be treated.
I can think of a thousand things that are more worse than running out of food or beverages at a wedding. Certainly Jesus was aware that their were starving people in the village as well. He must have been aware that many were sick and needing to be healed right? Was making sure that this family had enough wine to go around really tops on the list of things that He needed to handle?
Allow me to suggest that too often we relegate the miracle working power of Jesus to the big, bold, life-altering needs of our lives. Does Jesus care about all of those big important things? Of course He does. Is He capable of healing the lame, bringing the dead back to life and guiding a dog back to its owner? I believe He is more than capable of doing those things. But doesn’t He also care about the everyday?
Does He care more about bringing the dead back to life than He cares about sustaining our lives throughout the day?
Does He care more about healing the lame than He does allowing you to find a moment of peace in the midst of your hectic day?
Does He care more about feeding 5000 than He does about giving you the strength to maintain your job which allows you to feed the 5 in your house?
I encourage you to remember that God is a God of everyday miracles. You may argue that God has never really done anything in your life but remember that you’re able to read this devotional. You’re breathing right now too. You have some sort of device in your hand that allows you to see these words. You have clothes on your back. You likely ate something today. Never forget that God’s miracles aren’t confined to the big and the bold. His miracles envelope you in the everyday common occurrences of life. Be encouraged and keep moving forward.
Questions for Reflection:
Have you ever considered that God’s miracles are all around you in the everyday aspects of life?
Make a list of those everyday miracles to remind you of His power at work in you everyday.
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