“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” – 1 Peter 1:3-9.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the miracles that were commonplace in the Bible? God creating the heavens and the earth, the ten plagues of Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and Joshua stopping the sun to name a few in the Old Testament. And in the New Testament you have the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus walking on the water, raising Lazarus from the dead, and the resurrection. Those who watched the ministry of Jesus were amazed at the miracles He performed.
Fast forward 2,000 years. Such miraculous events seem rare and, when we do hear reports of miracles, we tend to be a little reticent to believe. At the very least, we feel there’s something different about the way God worked in the Old and New Testament periods and the way He works today. This raises a valid question: Where are the miracles?
The Israelites rescued out of Egypt seemed to be slow to learn and quick to complain in spite of all they had seen. They reach the Red Sea, but are stuck. An army of chariots follows behind them, a body of water sits before them. At just the right moment, God miraculously parts the Red Sea. Every single Israelite crossed over unharmed. Could you ever forget such a moment? There was no natural explanation. After crossing the Sea and finding themselves hungry, God provided manna. Every day for forty years. Every day they feasted on His provision. When they were thirsty, water flowed from a rock. Yes, a rock.
And, yet, still their hearts struggled with unbelief. Earthly troubles caused them to miss the heavenly miracles. Most of us believe that if we had seen what the Israelites had seen, trusting God would not be an issue. But is that true? Easter season always reminds me that God rescued me as well. It makes me reflect on how well I trust God as I wander through the wilderness of my own life.
Easter is the ultimate rescue story and an ongoing miracle. Jesus takes all our sin, all our failings, all our loss. He tasted death so that we may experience life. He made a way for each of us to have a relationship with God the Father. But so often we forget. In the messiness and mundane moments of life, we can miss the miracle. Like the Israelites, we are easily tempted to go back to the slavery we know, rather then trusting God with every facet of our life. Like the Israelites, our earthly troubles can cause us to miss the miracles God is doing daily.
Because whether or not we’re privileged to witness obviously miraculous or supernatural events, we can be confident that God is actively at work in the world, bringing people to himself, bringing glory to Jesus, and building his church. “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).
- Why do you think miracles are important?
- Do you believe Jesus can work miracles in you?
- Have you been looking for “out of this world” miracles, missing the little ways God wants to bless you?
- Where do you need to see the hand of Jesus turning the ordinary things of your life into extraordinary things?
- Spend some time this week reflecting on the miracle of Easter.