What is a miracle? One dictionary’s definition says, “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.”
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance explains ‘miracle’ as a sign, miraculous power, and abundance.
Following the successful defeat of an enemy, Moses set up an altar to mark the occasion of a miraculous victory over the Amalekites. You can read the story in Exodus chapter 17. Moses called God Jehovah-Nissi, The Lord my Banner.
Ancient Jewish wisdom, as taught by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, reveals this compound name of God means “the Lord my Miracle”. Rabbi Lapin teaches that all miracles require human participation. I give one example from the new testament, Luke 4:25-26, Jesus speaking.
“Certainly, there were many needy widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the heavens were closed for three and a half years, and a severe famine devastated the land. 26 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them. He was sent instead to a foreigner—a widow of Zarephath in the land of Sidon.” We pick up the circumstances of this particular non-Jewish widow in 1 Kings 17:8-24. Read the story via this link: http://ow.ly/D5Dg3025WEi
In the case of Moses and the Israelites battling the Amalekites, so long as Moses was able to lift his rod, the Israeli army prevailed; when his hands dropped, they would lose. The miracle required human participation.
In the case of the widow of Zarephath, a large number of nearby widows in Israel went hungry, but Elijah passed them by. The difference in attitude between the non-Jewish widow and the Jewish widows was this: the widow of Zarephath expected a miracle.
Miracles don’t happen when you need them; they happen when you by faith expect them and you also act on your expectation. The book of James says faith without works is dead. The book of Hebrews says faith pleases God. If faith without works is dead, then faith with works is life.
I sense we will need miracles over the remaining months of this year. Lawlessness in the highest echelons of government, astronomical debt, and public unrest are the ingredients for disaster.
On my part, I expect miracles this year and I willingly participate in their manifestations.
With respect to my use of a quote by Wayne Dyer, it’s helpful to know he is not a believer in Jesus Christ, he’s not a religious man. Nonetheless, he understands the principle of expectation of miracles.
If a non-believer can have faith for miracles, what’s holding my Christian and Jewish friends from doing likewise?