“Ordinary” miracles

It’s probably clear that I believe in miracles. In Matthew 19:26 Jesus says, “with God all things are possible.” And I fully affirm that God can and does do mind-bending things.

But God doesn’t just work in dramatic ways—he works in “ordinary” ways too. The reason I put “ordinary” in quotes is because what we often think is normal and coincidental is actually providential.

Let’s say, for example, that you’ve been praying for a miracle. Let’s also say that because you can’t see anything happening immediately, that you assume God has decided to take a pass on getting personally involved in this particular problem.

But it was God who created natural laws and biological processes. Therefore, God can also work his healing power through what we might consider “ordinary” people and events: medical appointments, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, and Tylenol!

When God doesn’t dramatically intervene in a way we can see, we can mistakenly believe the Devil’s lies that come quickly and quietly to our ears: “God doesn’t care… He’s not there… Why bother with him if he doesn’t bother with you?”

The Devil loves to use your trails to turn you against God. But don’t believe him, and don’t let him.

Jesus said that “with God all things are possible.” I don’t think he was just referring to high-drama interventions, but low-drama interventions too.

What we often think is normal and coincidental is actually providential. 

By Matthew Ruttan

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