How much time do we spend looking for, even searching for, miracles? Our definition of miracles is subjective; it depends on our need or desperate desire. There’s a classic gospel song by The Clark Sisters.
I’m looking for a miracle. I expect the impossible. I feel the intangible. I see the invisible… The sky is the limit to what I can have. Just believe and receive it, God will perform it today. (abbreviated lyrics without repeats)
Years ago I heard Pastor Jonathan Suber preach a bible study series called The Ministry of the Mundane. I was in my 20s and greatly impacted. Today I am 40 and still reflect on the encouragement to turn my eye away from “the wow factor” and walk daily in a living faith in Jesus. Our faith is rightly placed in God for the continuance of daily tasks that get robotic and monotonous when we seek to honor Him with our lives.
For some, this is the opposite of a miracle. Some of us want fireworks and the manifested host of heaven. We want the bells, whistles, and sequins. We want drama. We want to say my bills are paid. But let’s think bigger. Superintendent Brian Nelson, the pastor of the Jericho City Church of God in Christ, says this about miracles.
A miracle is necessary where there is no revelation of God.
Think about that, beyond our sometimes casual use of the word miracle. Consider the instances in the bible where Jesus and others worked miracles. The context was to teach a greater lesson, to introduce the candidate in some way to the love and power of God. The purpose of a miracle was not to meet a need alone but to create an awareness of a loving and powerful God who sees the person beyond the need and comes close in response.
These thoughts have been rolling around in my head lately. I want to walk with the Lord. Every day. In what we know as the real world. So I can understand the truth in context.
Truth: He loves me unconditionally. I make the conditions. I spoil the good thing, even in struggle and challenge when I think I must be good. Only God is good.
Truth: I am the righteousness of God. Period. My salvation is stronger and more resilient than the credit I give it. It does not depend on me to be saved. Jesus was made salvation for me. Beyond feeling and achievement, I am righteous and that comes with the ability to make rightful claims for my life.
Truth: Forgiveness is a gift. He works in me the will and the to do of His good pleasure. It reasons that I make room for His good pleasure in my life when I submit to His work in me. That means I let Him work some stuff out of my life.
Let’s shake ourselves. Let’s look to walk with Jesus daily. Let’s move away from salvation as an event, or the miracle as a performance. Instead, let’s honor the Lord in our “same old, same old.” Let’s choose to see the miracles already around us and come to know an anchored faith that does not vacillate when we think “nothing” is happening.
Selah, and love to all.