Are “modern miracles” really miracles? Why don’t we see God work more miracles today?

We live in an age where the term “modern miracle” is common and we even hear “technological miracle”.  But what is a miracle, anyway?

Recently I had to get a round of antibiotics in my system.  Antibiotics can seem like a miracle–they start working right away, and, in many cases, the patient starts feeling better right away.  But is the antibiotic a miracle?

Ingenuous.  Life-saving.  But a miracle?  I don’t think so.

Antibiotics have side effects and the potential for allergic reactions.  Antibiotics tend to wipe out the good bacteria in our stomachs, which is why my doctor told me to take probiotics at the same time.  And for some people, antibiotics can be life-threatening instead of life-saving.  Antibiotics are a good part of modern medicine.  But they just don’t cut it for the qualification of a miracle.

All medicines and surgeries and assists we give when a patient is sick–even what we do for friends and family when they’re sick, like chicken noodle soup and flowers–please God if done with the heart of trying to help someone else.

Doctors, nurses, dentists, surgeons, psychiatrists, ophthalmologists, naturopaths, etc.–and the irreplaceable support of friends and family–all have their blessing–their huge blessing, if they are done with the motivation of sharing God’s love.

But what they can’t do is offer help with no side effects, pain-free, and a perfect cure.

{True miracles are when God Himself gives us His undiluted goodness.}

Naaman.  He was known for his leprosy, yet God washed the disease away in the Jordan River.  No side effects.  Pain-free.  And a perfect cure.

He’s not the only one.  The Israelites had shoes that didn’t wear out.  The widow had a jar that didn’t run out of oil.  The child breathed once more.  The dry bones became an army.  But all this was just a tiny taste of the miracles that would happen when God Himself walked the earth.

When evening came, people brought to him many who were possessed by demons. He drove out the spirits by speaking a command and healed everyone who was sick. (Matthew 8:16, ISV)

But here’s the question that so often comes up.  Why don’t we usually (and for some of us, ever) see miracles like this today?

Some point to God’s judgment of us.  Others point to our disbelief.  Others say we’re in a different era.

As for me, I don’t know why.  I don’t have the answer to the question.  But I do notice something.

It’s absolutely amazing that God still works.

God is working despite our evil, our disbelief, and the 2,000 years of rebellion that have gone on since His Son came and died for our sin.  Why He seems to work more through people now, I’m not sure.  But I’m so glad He chooses to work at all.  If our places were traded, I wouldn’t give gifts to a people who treated me like I am guilty of treating God.

I don’t think modern miracles are really miracles, but I do think they’re a gift from God.  I’m thankful for the wisdom God has given doctors to diagnose and treat many illnesses.  I pray for a growing wisdom, that illnesses like Lou Gehrig’s Disease become more treatable, and diseases like cancer are quickly cured for many.

But as long as we live in the world where we chose and choose sin, there will always be side effects, unexpected reactions, and death rates.  Every one of us will one day see God, and much of humanity won’t do it on this side of eternity.

In the meantime, I’m thankful for how God does choose to work.

And I’ll be praying for miracles–God’s one-of-a-kind goodness–to totally pour into our lives . . as much as we can hold on this side of eternity.

No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18, NIV)

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