Oxford Dictionary defines a miracle as “a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws.” The bible uses the words miracles, signs, wonders, and marvelous works to describe these events. On Sunday, we explored the parting of the Red Sea and Miriam’s response of leading the women in dancing and singing at the edge of the Sea once they were on dry land.
Certainly, the parting of the Red Sea was a miracle in the life of the Israelites – one that demonstrated God’s profound power. God uses signs and wonders – and even miracles to help strengthen our faith and lead us toward him.
Jesus’ first miracle was changing water into wine at a wedding in the town of Cana. This miracle fully established his power over nature and illustrated how he would go about his ministry. His miracles helped people and established his authority. In other words, Jesus’ miracles pointed people to God. His entire life and ministry was (and is) about redeeming all of creation, including us.
Jesus calls us to step out in faith, believe, and begin to see the miracles God can do in our lives. Jesus’ miracles are significant, not just because of their spectacular power, but because of their purpose. Jesus helps, heals, and points us to God. He is still in the miracle business.
Prayer: God, I know that sometimes I get off track and start to think that I know better than you know how to “drive” my life. I am grateful for both the brick walls and concrete barriers that you put in front of me because sometimes that’s what it still takes to stop me from always trying to be in control and take over your role. I pray that you continue to bless me with discernment so that I may know when it is you and that you give me the strength to let go of my will that I may better serve you and become more aware of your miracles, signs and wonders that are all around me. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.
Art Credits: Kotarbiński, Wilhelm, 1848-1921. Crossing the Red Sea, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Original work at the National Art Museum of Ukraine in Kiev. [retrieved October 24, 2023]