Miracle Seems to Depict God’s Presence:
Miracle – In the Christian circuses there has much fuss generated by the word miracle. And as a result much emphasizes and particularisms have been place on it. It is very particular in the sense that it has become a spectacular thing to romance in most Christian gatherings. And the absence of it means the absence of God in the mind of many people.
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These days it seems that the validation of any Christian gathering as a spiritual gathering is that in that gathering miracle took place. In other words, to many people miracle is what validates the authenticity of Christianity. Here, we are going to highlight if miracle is the validator of Christianity or is it just part of Christianity and also, can Christianity still stand authentically without miracles?
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Text Of Interest:
“He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.”
The verse above which is the text of interest has placed emphasis on two categories of people. Moses on one hand and the people of Israel on the other hand and it goes on to state two important things God did to them. One He made known His ways to Moses and to the children of Israel He made known His acts.
Miracle And The Ways Of God:
This signifies that the acts of God and the ways of God are not the same. Though, both are coming from the same source. The ways of God takes preeminence over the acts of God. This is because the ways of God are independent of the acts. In other words the ways of God can stand without the acts and the acts cannot stand without the ways. The ways therefore justifies the acts but the acts cannot justify the ways because it’s a byproduct of the ways. Therefore, the byproduct is just like the taste of the pudding and not in any way the main dish.
The following are the suggestive words that can be used in place of miracle. (Wonder, phenomenon, marvel, sensation, vision and dream) as the meaning of it. Well, in the Church world, these words listed cannot be seen as totally suitable for their description of miracle. This is because it’s way beyond what they think and know about miracle. Though grammatically they can accept all of these words mentioned.
Therefore, in the Church world miracle is seen as that divine intervention which obstructs a negative course on human in this earth to produce and project a better course in the life of whoever is concerned. That means miracle is divine or of the divine! One can concur to this very definition. This is because as humans, there are times some situations can overwhelm an individual. And it is done on him or her that the only way out of the situations is divine intervention. And really, when he or she leans on his or her divine connection; things turn around for good.
Miracle Satisfies Needs:
One can say therefore, that miracle is needed or happens because of the presence of needs. These needs are beyond the capacity of the individual at the center of the situation. Notice that in this context, the word situation or condition if you like is relative. It is relative in the sense that what one sees as a situation may not be a situation to another. Take for instance, if you are in need of a thing and know how to provide for yourself, you just go ahead and make provision.
In this case you don’t need any miracle. If you know how to heal yourself of a sickness you don’t need to ‘pray’ about the sickness. And if you know how you can always get yourself a meal, you don’t need a miracle for that. And someone who doesn’t have the withal on a serious note should pray. Surely, such prayers prayed in faith do get quick results.
The questions therefore are; do Christians actually need miracle? Is miracle the best they can obtain from God? Does God want them to be in need of miracle? And if one didn’t receive miracle does it disqualify the potency of God’s power to provide?
The Bible Is A book of Miracles:
However, before we answer the questions above, it is important we point to the fact that the Bible is a book full of miracles. That’s when one flips over the pages of the bible it is very hard to get through few pages without reading about one miracle or the other. For instance, from the book of Exodus and up to Deuteronomy the activities in them are full of miracles. And in the books of the Prophets we see loads of miracles. And as Jesus came during his days here on earth, greater part of His ministry was associated with miraculous events. The question is; did these miracles really help to draw the people closer to God or to faith in Christ?
Well, evidences have shown that the people that received signs and wonders in the days of Moses never believed God. Rather even in the presence of miracles they were found doubting God. The bible records that they murmured against God. We saw a group of people who are dissatisfied always and up against Moses when a need arises. And they are provoked ready to unleash their anger on Moses. David in Psalms puts their character better this way
“And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.”
Miracle And The Israelite:
In this same chapter David the writer of this psalm listed great and mighty works of sign and miracles that God did in the presence of these people he called stubborn and rebellious generation. The question is why did David call this people stubborn and rebellious generation? Well, their response to acts of God depict that actually they are a stubborn and rebellious in their character. There is this total display of unbelief towards God in their character.
And one cannot help but accentuates and agrees that they are really a stubborn and rebellious generation. The attitude which they display really shows that the acts of God couldn’t satisfy their yearning. And as a result they developed an unbelief that is rooted in their hardened heart against God. And because of the hardness of their hearts against God they keep on questioning the ability of God to provide even the presence of evidences.
Miracle Is not A Source Of Conviction:
David wrote and puts it this way in order to express his put off against their character
“Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
This shows expressly that these groups of people were up against the ability of God to provide. Prior to this time, God has done mighty things bigger than what they were expecting God to do at this particular time. Yet they couldn’t draw lessons from the previous deeds of God.
David puts it again this way
“Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation.”
Though, God did all those marvelous things there was still a problem and that is the issue of trust. David said they believed not in God and trusted not in His salvation. This is an interesting character coming from a group of people God has delivered from the shackles of slavery and here they doubt His ability to save them.
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