What is a miracle?
Your definition could greatly affect the way you live life! Really.
Most people, I dare say, think of miracles as only those huge divine interventions that are visible and obvious—like the parting of the Red Sea. But that’s not my definition. I see miracles as any evidence of God working—in big or “little” ways. And I’ll show you why this view is better. Not that I am better, but because this viewpoint leads to a fuller life filled with God-honoring trust.
Miracle-openmindedness is one of the keys to the abundant life!
It’s all in how you look at it!
Miracles are definitely more apparent when our backs are against the wall and there’s no way out; when fear, despair or any other enemy is about to overtake us, like the Israelites at the Red Sea. However, God is doing big and little miracles all around us. If we would only open our eyes, we would see them and excitedly exclaim exultation to our excellent, eternal God!
In my last blog, I gave you a list of questions to improve your perception of these divine interventions. I’ve also written about it before in my blog: 10 Ways to Help You RECOGNIZE God’s Handiwork.
And remember, just because you may not have recognized God’s handiwork before, doesn’t make it any less of a miracle. But wouldn’t it be a much better to live if we saw God’s involvement in our lives as miracles?!
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced. (Ps 105:5)
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. (Job 9:10)
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. (Ps 77:11)
When we know that it is only by God’s supernatural power and grace that we are being sustained, we can keep or regain our joy and peace.
When we know God cares enough to be involved and keep His promises, we have hope. Even when life is filled with unknowns, our mighty powerful God is working on behalf of those fully devoted to Him—giving us endurance, perseverance, strength, wisdom, guidance–everything we need for life and godliness (see 2 Chr 16:9; 2 Pet 1:3).
We can hang in there with God-given faith as well as joy, peace, and hope.
The other exciting thing is that the more you recognize and acknowledge God’s intercession, the more the Lord opens your eyes to see more, and may even do more on your behalf! Don’t be like the people of Jesus’ hometown where…
He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. (Mat 13:58)
Open-mindedness toward God’s awesome intervention gives us life on a much higher plane—over our circumstances, not under them. A quiet trust in our Deliverer enters our hearts and secures our souls. An awe and excitement of seeing God’s handiwork colors our everyday existence. This, to me, is the abundant life.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (Jn 10:10)*
Take hold of this, my friends. Jesus, our God and Savior, promises it. See Him for the Miracle-Worker that He is.
You may differ in your definition of a miracle, but God was, is, and still continues to work in the lives of people. He’s either wooing them into a saving relationship with Him, restoring them into right fellowship with Him, or bringing them closer to Him. God always has eternity in mind.
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. (Jn 21:25)
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Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica. All rights reserved worldwide.
*New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.