Many desire to see miracles as those in Jesus’ days on Earth. He healed the sick and cleansed the lepers, but does He still do that now? He does, but perhaps we are looking in the wrong direction. And for those He healed, did all recognize the miracle, or did some praise an idol?
The Bible promises that God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and the Bible promises that the things that were done in that day will be repeated until Jesus returns.
James 5:15New International Version (NIV)
15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
When we pray and ask God for healing that comes through a doctor do we praise the doctor instead of God? Bible promises tell us this instead:
James 1:17New International Version (NIV)
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Make no mistake, the Bible promises all healings are from God whether through a doctor or medication or any other way. The Lord created the doctor; before he was born God knew him and formed him in his mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5) and gifted him with the talents to become a medical doctor.
Acts 17:28New International Version (NIV)
28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Why then are we hesitant to accept the Bible promises of healing? Several things can come into play here. I personally have been dealing with a chronic, incurable pain condition for the past 11 years, praying for healing over and over which has not yet come. But, as the Bible promises, the Lord has watched over me and been a “very present help in time of need.”
He has carried me through many rough days at my job, but as time went on, the pressure, personal attacks, and persecutions continued to grow. Could God relieve the pressure, making it at least tolerable? Yes, but He had a better plan in mind, as the Bible promises.
So many days I struggled to make it through the day, came home and crashed. Week after week on Sunday I would dread the coming of another horrible work week. I felt trapped because I could not even look for another job. I was too sick to work at all; how could I accept a job knowing I could not perform it properly? I couldn’t.
Then one snowy day I walked out of my office midday, so that all of us could make it home safely, and never went back. By this time, my plan was to leave that job and pursue freelance writing at home. The Lord by this point had miraculously paved the way for this change. However, I knew my two weeks after giving notice were going to be very hard and that the pressure and personal attacks would be more numerous than ever. I wasn’t sure how I was going to withstand the onslaught. And then, like a dream it was over. I walked out one day and never went back. I was grateful that God spared me of all the negative consequences of resigning and I had stepped right into a peaceful existence.
I was and am, very thankful, but then I found myself with a new issue that I believe that others may suffer from. In my gratitude for being released by God to move on, I began to doubt and worry. The Bible promises we will worry, but that Jesus has overcome the world to allow us to have peace.
I struggled with the miracle. Did I feel that I had not struggled enough? Was I afraid to believe it was over? I was. But why did I fear the happiness and peace that I suddenly found when the Bible promises that the Lord gives both? None of my fears connected with this move came to pass.
Do you think you have not suffered enough to be worthy of God’s Bible promises? The Bible promises the peace of God. It promises peace in the valley and rescue from your enemies, both physical and mental.
Believing in a miracle of God is choosing to have the faith in Him that He desires, because the Bible says, “without faith, it is impossible to please God.”