God sometimes uses miracles, but he often uses this

Have you ever prayed for a miracle and it didn’t happen?
Have you ever wondered why God didn’t act?
Have you ever been told that you just didn’t believe enough?

In these moments we can feel very alone or angry or disillusioned—as if God’s apparent silence meant (or means) that he doesn’t care… or maybe isn’t even real.

But consider this.

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” And Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”

Do you want to know what these passages make me think? They make me think that God often uses people instead of miracles.

God’s power and presence isn’t limited to high-drama interventions. In fact, I think he works even more frequently in low-drama interventions. Sure, there are highly dramatic and miraculous events sometimes, but that doesn’t mean God is silent or absent when life seems ordinary. It simply means simply that God also works through plain old day-to-day life.

Are you looking for help? Do you need a friend? Do you need to be a friend to somebody else?

God often uses people instead of miracles.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday podcast—Part 3 in the Miracles series. In it I explore eight responses to when miracles don’t happen. You can listen in here. Enjoy!
  • Bible quotes are from the New International Version.

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