Our church is studying the life of Moses so my son and I decided to watch “The Ten Commandments” with Charlton Heston. I know what you are thinking. Yes, it is the longest movie ever and very dated. Yet, I never get tired of watching God’s miracles depicted on the big screen. God is awe-inspiring from the burning bush to the plagues (though Hollywood only included four to keep it short), to the parting of the Red Sea, and the writing of the commandments by His fiery hand. Those were the good old days when God’s presence and power were on display for all and unmistakable. For the first ten years of my walk with Christ, I would often think and occasionally say, “What I would give for a burning bush.” The closest I ever came was about twelve years ago. In a selfish, angry snit, I decided to go for a walk with God. I spent the majority of the time complaining to Him about my husband and explaining how I deserved to be treated better. I finally came to the point where I asked what I should do. I looked down and there was a perfect heart on the sidewalk. It had been raining and the only moisture left was a perfect heart and the still small voice said, “Love.”
I often hear people say God does not work like that anymore; we do not see miracles as they did in the Old Testament. However, the Bible says God does not change (Malachi 3:6); He is the same “Yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). So why do we not experience the miraculous works of God today? During our Bible study this week, a precious lady shared a health scare she experienced. The doctors found spots on her liver and informed her that they would do more testing but they were sure it would confirm cirrhosis of the liver. In preparation for further testing, she and her church began to pray. When she went in for the test, there were no spots to be found! Her final statement caught my attention, “All the doctors had some logical reason for the disappearance of them. Only one said it was a miracle.” How could they miss God? How could they miss Him? Do we miss His everyday miracles?
In 2 Corinthians 6:16-17, Paul says, “For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst and be separate from them, says the Lord.”
In the Old Testament, God’s presence was in the Tabernacle or the Temple. His voice was heard through a specific individual, a prophet, and His power was made manifest in natural phenomena and circumstances that defied logic. Today, when a person receives Christ through His sacrificial work on the cross, they immediately receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Believer, we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and immediately receive the power to live differently. We now can live a righteous life in a broken world (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).
Everyday miracles occur in the hearts and lives of believers, but we must recognize it and give Him the glory for what He accomplishes through us. It is a miracle when we choose to love the unlovable, forgive the unforgivable, or put another ahead of ourselves. It is a miracle when a husband or a wife chooses to fight for their marriage over their right to be happy. It is a miracle when a teenager chooses to be concerned about what God thinks over others. It is also a miracle when an addict chooses sobriety over using. There are everyday miracles occurring around us and through us! Do not miss Him because you are busy looking for the burning bush or manna to fall from the sky.
Choose to see the miracle!
Choose to be the miracle!