Expecting Miracles

Read: 1 Kings 18:16-39

This past Sunday in the message I said, “It shouldn’t surprise us when someone believes in Christ, calls on his name as Lord, and their life is changed and transformed. Because that is what Jesus does when people are not ashamed to call on his name.”

I was referring to this wonderful story of Elijah on Mt. Carmel in 1 Kings 18. I encourage you to read the entire story again and appreciate the confidence and assurance Elijah had that God was going to show up. It made me wonder, do we still expect God to show up in that same way today? Do we have confidence that God can intervene in our lives when we really need it?

It actually makes me wonder how to define a miracle as a Christian. Webster’s dictionary defines it by saying “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” it also defines it as, “an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment.” But if we believe that God can and will show up, is it really a miracle?

In their book, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” Norman Geisler and Frank Turek share the story of Ron Nash who once spoke to a group of Russian scientists. They had been taught all their lives that there is no such thing as miracles. He put two cardboard boxes in front of them. The first box was closed. Ron said, “This is the way you see the world. The box represents the material world, and you believe that is closed to any intervention from God.” The second box was open. He said, “This represents the Christian view. We also believe in the material world. But we believe that this world is not closed. God can intervene.”

And we can testify that God does intervene! The reason we can call it a miracle is because it goes beyond what the material world would expect. Elijah’s story is a great example of that. It doesn’t make sense in a worldly viewpoint that wood on an alter could be doused with water three times and then still have a fire start and burn up the wood, the stones, and even the soil around it.

To the prophets of Baal it was a miracle, to Elijah it was what he expected from his God. Whatever you are facing this week I hope that you will expect a miracle from God to intervene in your situation. Pray for it, ask for it, seek after God, and then expect him to show up.

Someone once said, “When God wants to do something wonderful, He begins with a difficulty, When God wants to do something spectacular, He begins with an impossibility!” Remember the words of the angel Gabriel when he came to Mary and told her about the virgin birth of Jesus, he said, “Nothing is impossible with God.” And to that we can say, AMEN!

Make it personal: Name something in your life right now that seems like an impossibility in human terms. Now, take that to the Lord in prayer. Let God know your confidence in him and that you are expecting him to intervene in your situation the same way he did for Elijah. The Lord loves it when his people show confidence in his power and his strength!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church