The Topic Room: IT’S A SIGN, NOT A WONDER
Without a doubt, one of the characteristics of our human nature is our inevitable physical and mental disassociation from the mysterious spirit realm. As a result, what we don’t see is often deemed as powerful or superior. And who doesn’t want to be part of something powerful or superior? Right?
This reminds me of our reactions to signs and wonders. Miracles are a sure-fire way to pull in a crowd. They remind us of our shortfalls while simultaneously injecting us with a buzz of excitement when those shortfalls are obliterated by the supernatural. I love a good miracle just as much as the next person. Still, I have grown to understand that the crux of my relationship with Christ is not hinged on the spectacular but rather on the salvation that Christ purchased for me and the depth of God’s restorative love. When needed, we should pray for miracles, but we shouldn’t yearn for miracles to validate our faith in God. It’s not miracles that sustain a solid relationship with Christ. The Israelites were so used to signs and wonders, so much so that the efficacy of those spectacular events wasn’t enough to keep them from traipsing around with other gods every couple of years.
Though a miracle can take many forms (I’m particularly grateful for the ones that bring restoration to health, home, and mind), the ones that often get overlooked are the miracles of changed lives. The restoration of a drug-addled individual who once nestled at the point of a dirty needle should be celebrated. The homecoming of a long-lost child should be met with raucous praise. Such events are signs of God’s ever-present love. They are signs that God is not only found in the wonder of the extraordinary, but He also dwells in the inner sanctum of His children’s hearts, showing up whenever necessary along the journey of their daily lives.
It’s not a wonder that God sometimes displays His ability to conjure the supernatural on earth; after all, it’s His nature to be supernatural. However, miracles are not wonder-filled performances to entertain crowds; rather, they are signs that while we are on earth, we are never far from the love of an all-powerful Father who gave it all to draw us back to Himself; the ultimate miracle.
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