More than Miracles
Often there are things God wishes to accomplish
which are so world-shaking, so life-changing,
so mind-boggling that He must take extreme measures.
Very often what is required is
More than Miracles
Our God is the worker of many wondrous things. The Bible recounts many of His extraordinary deeds. The scriptures are a truthful account of many of the supernatural acts of an omnipotent God. And He is still working miracles.
But, are the extra-ordinary, the super-natural, the miraculous activities of God the most powerful expressions of His presence in our world? Have they ever been?
The question of this booklet is not to question miracles or their occurrence. The question is, “Are miracles the very BEST of God's work?” Are they the pinnacle?
I'm convinced that the most significant things that God has ever done are not miraculous in nature. If God is to be found primarily in the miraculous – then He will be scarce and hard to find. If he is present in the mundane – then He is everywhere and very easy to touch.
My fear is that if we are only looking for God in the earthquake and the fire . . . . we may miss Him entirely in the “still small voice.” (I Kings 19:12)
He is not always in the earthquake, not always in the fire. But He is always in the still small voice. He is not always in the blinding light but He is always in the valley of the shadow.
Read these words by Eugene Petterson:
“As we follow Jesus and explore the life of salvation, we’re frequently tempted by a variety of seductions to deny or avoid or denigrate ordinariness, the common way. We’re incited to lust after miracle and ecstasy, after flashy displays of the supernatural.
“There are most emphatically miracles and ecstasy and the supernatural in the Christian life, but they’re never an escape from our humanity.” The entire meaning of the incarnation is that God enters our human condition, embraces it, comes to where we are to save us.” (Eugene H. Petterson, Leap Over a Wall. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. p. 9).
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