Even though the wisemen and shepherds were told they would find baby Jesus, the miracle of the long-awaited Messiah, in a manger . . . don’t you think they were still surprised? Suprised to find the savior of mankind wrapped in cloth, and housed in a stable?
Do we always recognize God’s miracles? Can God’s miracles be duplicated by anyone? Are miracles always “big?”
Off the top of my head, I can think of several miracles that took place just recently within our church family. A young man is returned safely home from his tour in Afghanistan. A mother receives an “all-clear” biopsy result. And family and friends say good-by to two men who are surely experiencing the miracle of eternal life.
Exodus 7:10-12 tells the story of Moses and Aaron visting the Pharaoh. Aaron threw his staff down and it became a snake. But Pharaoh’s magicians did the same. My study Bible explains that “although miracles can help us believe, it is dangerous to rely on them alone. Satan can imitate some parts of God’s work and lead people astray. Pharaoh focused on the miracle rather than the message. We can avoid this mistake by letting the Word of God be the basis for our faith. ”
How often have you wished that God would perform a big miracle as a sign that he exists . . . that he hears your prayers . . . to help you believe? Does wishing for this type of miracle keep you from seeing all the little miracles that occur around you every day? If you continued in Exodus to read about Pharaoh, despite witnessing several miracles, in his stubbornness, he continued in his refusal to believe in God. In our stubbornness, do we try to explain away the miracles of God? Maybe the miracle we have been praying for is within our reach – God is working quiet miracles in our everyday lives – we may just need to pray for the wisdom to see it!
What surprising miracles has God done in your life?