If you follow technology at all you have probably heard of or come across cnet.com, a site that not only explores the latest technological gadgets we can purchase but offer reviews for just about every tech item you can think of. They recently drop tested the new Galaxy 9 to see how well it would hold up.
For boys, this comes quite naturally. We were, (most of us still are) always trying to see what would happen if we burn something, smash something, or shoot something with an arrow or a .45. We blow things up quite naturally just to see what would happen. How many of you reading this remember smashing your toy cars with a hammer? How about getting a new pocket knife and seeing what it could do on your plastic toy soldiers, G.I. Joes, or your sister’s barbies? It’s a boy thing, sorry ladies.
I remember buying balsa wood airplanes and carefully taping firecrackers on the wings then giving them some test flights to make sure it would get airborne. After I was satisfied with the test flights I then lit the firecrackers and launched it into the air. Of course, all your buddies are over to watch the airshow; destruction was always a draw to the neighboorhood boys.
I realized over time that we were much more encouraging of our friends to blow up their toys than our own, but it was worth it if you had several neighborhood supporters over to watch the spectacle. The only thing better than watching your friends blow up their toys was if somehow your buddy was injured in the mayhem. Hooray when that would happen! You had a story to tell in school the next day! More than likely your buddy would have a large bandage or a sling of honor to show off.
Totally worth it as long as the moms would not get involved. Whenever they got wind of our schemes the atmosphere would totally change. If it was someone’s dad who found out, that usually resulted in improved preparation and refined wreckage.
When I was done recalling some of the debris and destruction of my youth, I began to think about Christians drop testing their faith. How many of us wrestle with tough questions?
So many of us surround ourselves with like-minded believers, this is only natural. Sure we may be friendly with our co-workers, but do most Christians have conversations about God with non-believers? Even more important, do you have conversations with your children about your faith? Grandchildren? How would you define faith with your child? Is it blind? Does it require a leap?
Do we train our youth so they will be ready for what they will hear in high school and college? Will the first time they hear views counter to Christianity be at home, in church, at their youth group, or in class sitting in front of an atheist professor? What would they say when surrounded by peers who tell them women have the right to do what they want with their own body and abortion should remain legal? How about science has disproven God’s existence and evolution shows we don’t need a creator? Or miracles don’t really take place, they are all 2nd hand stories that promote preachers and fill the pockets of pastors. I can promise you this, they will hear those and a host more.
Thucydides was a Greek historian and general. He wrote about the Peloponnesian War, “…But of the acts themselves done in the war, I thought not fit to write all that I heard from all authors nor such as I myself did but think to be true, but only those whereat I was myself present and those of which with all diligence I had made particular inquiry.”1
Now compare what Thucydides wrote to what Luke wrote in his introduction to Acts. “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4
See the similarity? Many dismiss the Gospel accounts of miracles as made up, 2nd hand, lacking eyewitnesses, and myth.
Let me encourage you on this last point. Miracles do place and we can say so with certainty.
As we go through life we often we find ourselves in need of a miracle. Sometimes the miracle we want is the healing of a child, a friend, or a spouse. Sometimes it is a miracle in a broken marriage relationship or a loved one who has walked away from their faith. Yet, no matter what we do, or how much we pray, nothing seems to happen, and none of what is going on makes any sense.
I know many of you can relate. I can. I am in need of a miracle in my life and despite what ‘seems’ to be God’s lack of interest in my situation and my families circumstance, I believe that God is intensely interested. Miracles do take place, and He can do a miracle in my life. But, and this is key, no matter what takes place, still choose to love Him and seek His good and perfect will for your life.
Do you need a miracle? Duane Miller needed a miracle in his life. In 1990 he was the pastor of a Texas church and caught a flu virus which ruined his vocal cords and the damage was beyond repair. Miller wrote, “Over the next three years I was seen by over 63 specialists and their teams (totaling over 200 doctors) as they tried to diagnose and treat me.”2 Over time he had to resign his position because he was unable to speak. Miller’s voice sounded like a serious case of laryngitis and despite his passion to teach God’s word, it was taken from him.
His family moved back to Houston and his wife became the primary income earner. He did what he could to support his family, but with a voice so weak his options were limited.
After a time he reluctantly agreed to teach a small group bible study for Houston’s First Baptist Church. He and others had reservations about his voice because it was hard to hear him, but one supporter was adamant for him to teach so he agreed and the miracle began. His voice was recorded and posted up on YouTube.
It is 4 minutes and 48 seconds long. Set aside your theology about healing for a moment and listen to his voice, whether you agree with what he is teaching or not. You are listening to a miracle.
Some of you may have heard of Eric Liddell and his story that became a household conversation in the movie, ‘Chariots of Fire’. What the movie did not share was he became a missionary in China and ended up dying in a Japanese internment camp. He died in that camp as he passionately sought God moving in his life. What many don’t know is 63 years later his family found out Liddell was part of a prisoner exchange deal between Great Britain and Japan, but Eric gave up his spot for a pregnant woman. Was that a miracle or was that God using someone to bring a miracle in someone’s life? Both I think.
Jonathan Morrow wrote concerning miracles, “When we talk about miracles, we need to remember that God can either work with created nature or go beyond its natural capacities to accomplish his purposes. It is our knowledge of science that allows us to know what something’s natural capacities are and what it would not normally be capable of.”3
When we read the final page and close a book, the story is over. But it is essential, (and have to remind myself of this over and over) that our current circumstances are not the final chapter in our lives. It may not turn out like you envisioned, but seek Him throughout it all, and you may find some prayers were answered that you had not even thought of.
1. Crane, Gregory R. Hobbes, Thomas, Ed. “Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War.” Perseus Digital Library. Perseus.tufts.edu. nd.
2. Miller, Duane. “The Miracle Moment.” Millertheology, Millertheology.wordpress.com, 20 January 2013
Crossroads Church Media. “Duane Miller Video.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 7 June, 2011, Web. 25 March, 2018.
3. Morrow, Jonathan. “Is The Bible Unscientific?” Questioning The Bible. 11 Major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority. Moody Publishers, 2014, pg 137.
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