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Miracles In the Bible
Miracles - Both Small and Big
There are many forms of miracles. Some are big - like the dividing of waters or people turning into pillars of salt - but there are also everyday miracles happening every single day. We need to be mindful of these little gifts to appreciate life more fully.
Similarly, we also read of miracles in the Bible. After God had caused the big worldwide flood, at the time of Noah, He created the rainbow. The Bible tells us in Genesis 9:13: "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth." Scientists would say it's just light going through fog that causes this type of light - but believers understand that God is Lawgiver, and therefore set the physical laws in motion that caused this type of light effect to happen.
Therefore, miracles are often subjected to atheist scrutiny. People look for explanations doing away with miracles, whereas believers read this as signs of the love of God in showing us He is the One in whom we should put our trust.
Likewise when the Israelites wandered the desert, they were also faced with a miracle of manna. When they gathered manna during normal days it would rot if any was left over for the next day. The only day manna would survive was on the Sabbath. Manna gathered on Friday could be eaten both on Friday and on the Sabbath day. That day was given for man as a day of rest, and to this day devout Jews will use Friday as a preparation day for the Sabbath so they won't have to do any work on the Sabbath - as commanded by God in Exodus 20:8-11. Notice the command also involves servants. It is a command that ensures liberty for all men and women, and we are reminded in those verses of the miracle of creation.
When all is examined carefully, the biggest miracle is indeed creation. Paul, an apostle among Christians expressed it in the following words: "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse" (Romans 1:20).
Next time someone talks of miracles, be mindful that miracles could also be the little things such as when you forget a pencil, need to fill in a form, and suddenly discover someone else forgot a pencil. It may be pure coincidence, but for you it is something that saves you from getting somewhere else to get a hold of a pen. So appreciate the small miracles - that is what they are there for, and which inspired the writers of the Bible.
He Who Cannot See This...
He who cannot indeed see the mighty hand of God must certainly be a blind man because even the very creation IS proof of something wonderfully made. Just take a look at babies born. What a miracle and blessing indeed.
We need to count our blessings, and begin taking notice of all the wonderful things surrounding us - both so we take better care of what has been given to us, but also to realize just how important it is that we recognize the value of each other as part of creation.