Daily Devotion: The Difficulty of Miracle Texts

Luke 18:40-43, And Jesus stopped and commanded [the blind man] to be brought to him. And when he came near, He asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

We read these miracle texts and each time are in awe at Jesus’ power over illness, disease, and death, as well as His mercy for sinners and social outcasts. Yet these miracle texts can also be difficult to read in our modern context. We do not see such miracles today. Jesus is no longer walking among us healing people. We have modern medicine to help us with our ailments, and even then, its science is extremely limited. When medical miracles do occur, even though they are few, we hardly attribute it to the work of God.

The lack of miracles is a cause for doubt for many of us today. I want to pose a question, “Why do you want to see a miracle in the first place?” Many want to see a godly miracle because they think it will give them faith. Yet remember what Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees who demanded a sign from Jesus, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:39-40). Jesus was speaking of His death and resurrection. Even then, many did not believe Jesus rose from the dead. Still today, even though it is a historical fact, many do not believe this miracle.

A miracle, then, does not invariably cause faith. That is the work of the Holy Spirit alone. Unbelievers see and hear of miracles every day, yet they still do not believe. It is a miracle that Christ is risen, and it is a miracle that the Holy Spirit has given you faith even though you have not seen. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29). Even more, you will experience the miracle of the bodily resurrection to come. Just as Christ is risen from the dead, so you shall rise from the dead (Romans 6:3-5).

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