There are times in life when you really want to hear God speak. I know that I wished more than once in my life that God would just show up and say a little something and clear up all the confusion. I have heard people say that they have heard an audible voice from God, but I can’t claim that myself. I am not saying that people who claim to hear from God are delusional or just hyped up on too much caffeine, but I have no real frame of reference. I have been following a discussion over at the InternetMonk site along these lines and I am still digesting it. I know people who are spiritually sensitive enough that they “hear” better than me. My sister is the best example I know. I don’t want to embarrass her, so if she wants me to take the story down I will, but one example stands out in my mind to this day. We were at a Razorback football game together once and the band was making their way around the field, so everyone was getting really loud and ready for the game, and my sister grabbed my arm and told me she really felt like we needed to pray for someone. She didn’t know who or why; she just knew that someone needed prayer. I am a firm believer in the power of prayer and have seen amazing things in that regard. We bowed in prayer and for a moment tuned out the chaos and noise around us, and that would have been the end of the matter. A couple of weeks later however, my sister mentioned to me that some friends of hers had recently had a medical emergency. I asked her when it happened and it was at the same time as that football game. She honestly hadn’t made the connection and was a little surprised I think. I know plenty of people would discount this as coincidence or something else, but I was a part of it in a small way and it reminds me that God does amazing things if we are “tuned in” to hear Him.
In fact, God has done many things in my life that are far less dramatic, but just as important to my walk and faith. I have recounted the many times that God has provided for us when we had reached the end of our resources. I used to get the question from some of my youth on why God doesn’t do miracles today like He did in the Bible. I think part of the reason is that most of us are uncomfortable with being in a position where if God doesn’t come through, we would be sunk. Face it, if we are never in a position beyond our own ability to perform, we may never see God work in our life. He isn’t interested in sharing His glory with anyone, and most of us would be far too tempted to take the credit if possible.
Do you think God still works miracles today?