I find a mistake we often make in the church, is that we focus too much on the Bible alone.
Now I will say this up front. I am NOT discrediting the Bible, saying we should distrust the Bible, Saying the Bible is ‘just good literature’ or any of the other arguments bouncing around that scare Christians into clinging too tightly to the Bible alone. But I do feel we have limited our perspective too much.
Many Christians live their lives as if the Bible is a window into God’s world… the only view of God that we have. People spend lifetimes peering through it. Trying to see it from every angle. Many go so far as to start drawing on the walls around the window trying to extrapolate what they can of the world from that tiny little glimmer…. But in doing this Christians often seem to forget one very important point.
We live in God’s world NOW!
God is still alive. God did not send Jesus His son and then go “Welp! See you all in a few millennia. If you want to know what to do, read my book! Bye!”
One of the biggest things that happened when Jesus came down is we were given access to the Holy Spirit. We can still talk with God. We still live in a world where God is very active in. We still live in a world where God is at work in our lives every day.
So where does the Bible stand then? What makes it so important to read in the first place?
Reality needs constants. Without constants, nothing can be true or false. Without a comparative, you will not be able to know which way to go. A skilled woodworker may be able to tell 2 feet of wood from just looking at it, but that does not mean that a measuring tape is a worthless invention.
The Bible gives us a breakdown. A guideline. A foundation for our beliefs. But a building that is just a foundation, is a fairly worthless structure that will never stand out!
Realize God will never direct you against His word, or in a warped view of His word… but also realize you are meant to live your faith in your own life and this current stage of the world as well.
Don’t lock yourselves in introspection! Jesus IS alive! Don’t you realize what that means? Not WAS alive. Not WILL BE alive. He IS alive! Now! This moment! Right here right now!
So stop looking with in. Look up! Look to him as well!
I find a lot of people tend to miss miracles when they happen… “Well that was lucky!” “What a coincidence!” “Things worked out in the end.” These are things I hear a lot of Christians saying these things when really the truth is “God is good!”
But why do we do this? I don’t think it’s because we underestimate God, as much as that we overestimate what a miracle feels like.
When we hear “Miracle” we expect the skies to break open, the impossible to take place, and for our hearts to burst from the sheer awe and wonder that just slapped us in the face!
The truth though is… that much like a crisis… when a miracle takes place, the first thing that strikes you as odd is just how… normal it feels. Something happens that you didn’t expect yes, but you don’t feel like you’ve been transported to some magical new land. You just feel like this was a strange thing that happened on a normal day.
Why does this happen?? Well I think the answer to that is a lot less accusatory than “YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH YOU HEATHENS!” No… though I have seen that given in the past, I think the truth is simply…. that miracles really are a common part of our every day life.
You are made up of bajillions of tiny organisms who only know how to split. Furthermore made up of tiny molecules which are further made up of tiny atoms which are 90% empty space…. We require, and create energy, which while we see the effects of everywhere around us and in us, we have still yet to understand or see what it actually is. We are sitting on a planet spinning SUPER fast, cycling a sun SUPER fast, in a solar system spinning around a giant black hole SUPER fast, in a galaxy moving SUPER fast! With a near limitless number of other planets, solar systems, and galaxies, and yet we don’t hit. They say that from atoms to planets, if the balance was a tiny fragment of a second off we’d all blow to smitherings in a chain of destruction… We create living beings inside the womb of a woman, we create and affect emotions which have physical effects on the body, there are crazy animals, amazing wonders, incredibly seesaw like weather patterns…. this reality is full of miracles every day… so why would one more feel any different?
So why does it feel a bit guilt ridden to not notice a “miracle” when it happens in our life? Or a better question, what are we doing wrong in the first place?
Well first and foremost… the miracle itself is not the amazing thing. The Bible itself says not to chase signs and wonders as anyone can do that. You will not feel amazing for having a miracle happen in your life. Maybe a little thankful, but not the MAD AMOUNTS OF AWE AND WONDER WHICH HUMBLES YOU TO THE GROUND! A miracle does not have that power… the realization of who GAVE that miracle does.
So the answer is quite simple… stop looking for that “feeling of a miracle” to look for if God is acting in your life. Have faith that God IS acting in your life and get to know how much he loves you and looks out for you, so that you’ll recognize when He intercedes… and by the by… He is ALWAYS interceding…. but some times are a bit more obvious than others… when you start living that way, you’ll be surprised how many times you find yourself floored by just how much He intercedes and in what ways.